The Anxious Bride

She sat on her bed. So many things to get done, and yet she lacks the motivation to shower, let alone finish the to-do list.

The dress hangs in the living room closet.
She longs to be on display; to flatter every feature of the bride that chose her out of all the other gowns. She longs to be a part of that very special day; it’s what she was made for. Like the bride, she knows there is much to be done before that day. The wrinkles need to be steamed out, for one!

“I just want to try it on again. I just want to walk around in it. Just for a little while….”
Then she remembers words from others: “Remember, you’re not allowed to wear it before the wedding unless it’s for fittings or alterations.”
“I technically haven’t had a fitting…and I don’t need alterations. So…this could just be my second fitting, impromptu-style.
Forget the rules. I’m wearing it.”

The air is cold as she removes the dress from it’s plastic home. “It’s even more beautiful than I remembered,” she thought as she realized it had been quite some time since she had even glanced at the gown.

The bride is wearing her gown. Wrinkles in the fabric fade in the mirror.
“The necklace!”
It sparkles and shines, complimenting her collar bones.
“The purse!”
The champagne color matches perfectly—just as she’d hoped!
“And the shoes!”
Again, a perfect match.

It’s all there. All the pieces are together. She begins to envision the future. And not just the wedding. Her future with her love. The man she’s waited for all these years. She pictures the smile on his face…the sparkle in his blue eyes.

“I’m getting married,” she whispers with a smile.

The Anxious Bride


East Lansing, United States

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This is non-fiction. This was my own personal experience on the morning of January 21, 2008. I wanted to journal about it, but not in a typical way, so I decided to write it in story fashion!


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