Monday, May 21, 2007
Yesterday I delivered the book to Julie. I wasn't sure what she would make of an altered book wedding journal, but she got it. She got every inch of all the nuances and the meanings, the why and the placement of the photos I chose. We laughed and we cried. I was about to explain that I had wanted to make an intimate kind of book, not a scrapbooky thing filled with photographs, when she took the words out of my mouth and said she loved that it was "intimate". She also liked that it wasn't "girly" (which it wasn't because (a) not my style, (b) I took her husband into account). She said he would love it. My old friend married a sweet California man (with whom she went to high school when she was a girl living in California) and she will be moving there by the end of summer. We've been friends, and neighbors, worked together, travelled together, for 25 years. I have no idea how I'm going to feel, I just don't want to think about it right now.
When I got home I cried my heart out. Making this book was a very emotional thing for me and it had to all come out. I recommend crying; it's very cathartic -- and I believe it's one reason you won't get a heart attack!