Monday, November 13, 2006
Julie's Casting Call
This past weekend I experienced something totally new and exciting. My brother, my younger brother, asked his girlfriend to marry him. That’s right, he is now engaged! In some ways it is kind of weird and yet in others it just kind of seems very natural. My brother met his newly christened ‘fiancée’ at camp. She was actually introduced to someone else, whom according to the way she tells it, she was not attracted to in the least. (Sorry Lynn.)
Anyway, my brother was totally taken with this girl, whom we will call ‘Julie’ to protect her identity. However, Julie was not taken with him. She enjoyed his company, but didn’t really like him nearly as much as he liked her. In March, she came to my father’s funeral and I have heard that is where she ‘fell’ in love with him, although this has not been confirmed to me by the source. (Strictly hearsay!)
At first, I must admit, I was not very happy with the situation. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Julie. I always did. I always told my brother that she was perfect for him. But, in light of the recent emotional roller-coaster ride our family had been on I just didn’t feel comfortable with him starting a relationship that could so quickly turn into something very serious. I didn’t want the pain, sorrow, and longing for comfort to somehow taint what could very well turn out to be the most important relationship of his life. God has been in control though, and I believe He has led and directed both of them to each other.
Not too long ago ‘Julie’ told me that she would enjoy ‘sparing’ with me. (For all of you who do not know what that means, it basically means arguing.) My brother, whom for the sake of identity protection we will call ‘Jason’, told me he thought she would win. I don’t really know how to take this. I wonder if he said that because he thinks, after only a few years of knowing Julie that she would win. Did he say it because he thinks I, after a life time of knowing me, will lose? Or, did he say it because he feels I will ‘let’ her win?
Anyway, as of this past weekend, ‘Julie’ has had her Ouellette casting call. She is now officially, or soon to be officially, joining our wonderful little drama of life. I am happy to have her. Happy not only to be her arguing buddy, but also a life-long brother.