Before I wrote this post, I took a look at what I wrote last year in honor of Alan Suskey’s birthday. It’s worth remembering:
As fanciful maybe-one-day-we’ll-get-married talk gets bantered about the Winter White Fortress of Solitude, one of the best daydreams is picking out who will be Best Man, who will be the Maid of Honor and who will make up the rest of bridal party.
This had me thinking: do you ever notice in a bridal party there’s always that one friend who isn’t a relative or a lifelong acquaintance, rather they are a newer friend; someone who has made a tremendous impact in a short amount of time. Someone you can already trust because you feel like you’ve known that person your entire life.
Well, for me, that person is my good, good friend Alan Suskey.
Keep in mind that when I wrote that, Michelle and I had only been dating for two months. Now, as evidenced by the photo attached to this story, much has changed. The daydreams of Michelle and I getting married have become a wonderful reality.
As for the person in the bridal party “who has made a tremendous impact in a short amount of time” that, indeed, is Alan Suskey, the man who, other than my wife, has turned out to be my best friend.
Yes, a lot has changed — I no longer schlep Alan to Tallahassee — but much remains the same. Alan is still a confidante, still an ally, still someone almost as good at making fun of me as I am of him. All of this and more.
Yet, the marking of this birthday is a tad bittersweet. Recently, Alan informed us that he and his beautiful wife Aelon and their adorable son Reis are moving to Tallahassee to be closer to all of their family. And while it is the right decision for the Suskeys, it’s a loss to all of those in St. Petersburg who will miss the day-to-day interaction with them.
So, while Alan was one of my co-best men at our wedding, he will likely miss out on being godfather to our baby girl, Ella. Still, Ella will hear a lot about Alan, regardless of where he lives. About him being one of daddy and mommy’s best friends. About him standing beside us at our wedding. About him punching one of the other groomsmen at the bachelor party (well, maybe we won’t share that last part).
Yes, Ella, will hear a lot about her ‘Uncle’ Alan — one of the best men I’ve ever met.
Happy birthday, buddy.