“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” - George Burns
There are instances in our lives when you meet a person for the first time, and you have no idea why you crossed paths, but you just know there is something that the universe has in store for the two of you. We met Venus at a nursing facility back when we were still living in San Diego. She worked the graveyard shift while my wife worked the evening shift. She was a kind, sweet person with a pleasant demeanor. But my wife's relationship with Venus really blossomed one night when Cristina had to stay and work the graveyard shift with her. I remember when Cristina came home after her shift ended and all she could talk about was how elated she was that her and Venus had so many things in common. From being single moms with boys to becoming engaged to be married. Everything in their lives were so similar. And for my wife to find a person that she could relate to was very meaningful to her. Especially after moving to a new city. And with our engagement and wedding only a year apart from Venus and her fiancee. Cristina and her became really good friends, bonding over gym time, bridal fairs and exchanging wedding ideas. But even when we had moved back to L.A., their friendship never really dwindled. We got to witness her marry the man of her dreams. And then a year later she became part of our wedding entourage in Cabo, and got to share with us, one of the most fun and memorable nights we ever had. To present day, we both now have added beautiful daughters to our families. I can honestly say that their journey through their personal lives almost mirrored each other in every aspect. Past and present.