By the time this column hits print, the Christmans will be welcoming my new sister-in-law to the family. That’s right, my older brother is tying the knot.
I’m incredibly happy for him. Sure, things haven’t always been the greatest between us in the past, but that’s just a brotherly thing. At this time though, we’re pretty close and he deserves this happiness.
Tony started dating his now-wife Jessica nearly three years ago. I remember how excited he was when he told me when they officially started, and he wanted me to meet her as soon as I could. Being that I was living in Terre Haute at the time and on the opposite side of the state, this was a bit of a difficulty, but we managed to make it work during one of my visits home.
I remember we ended up meeting up at a rough halfway point between the family home and his apartment, which was a little restaurant and ice cream shop called Ivanhoe’s. I could tell just from that first meeting she made him happy; then again, when your older brother is sitting there with the dumbest grin on his face for pretty much the entire meal, it’s pretty hard to miss.
Things seemed to only be going well from there. Jessica eventually moved in with my brother at his apartment, and with both of them working I’m told they are in the process of saving up for a more permanent location in the form of a house.
To this day I still wish I could have been there when he proposed. However, I did get to see pictures after all was said and done, and that big, dumb grin was plastered all over his face. I couldn’t have been happier for him.
As a couple, I know they have their own things they go out and do. For one, I never would have guessed Tony would become a hockey fan, but it’s my understanding that it is something the two of them now go and see on a regular basis in Fort Wayne. I know Tony has definitely been honing his cooking skills to impress her, which if I may be honest I was a little surprised by because growing up he never showed an interest in cooking and was only known to cook hot dogs in the microwave, and I know the two of them have surprised my parents with a pitch-in dinner on at least one occasion.
I suppose what I’m getting at is this: Jessica, if you ever read this, welcome to the family. You’re the first sister-in-law I’ve ever had, and I wish the two of you the best of luck and happiness for the future. Tony, if you ever read this...please just do the best you can to not screw this up! The two of you deserve to be happy, so make it last.
Andrew is a staff writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-847-4487, or followed on Twitter @christmangcdw.