I got an email from my old school pal Charles – he’s a Dad. His wife had the baby on May 30. It’s funny – there was a time in college when I had a HUGE crush on Charles (everyone at my college did – he was beautiful, smart and funny – a lethal combination). We were really good friends and have stayed in touch over the past twelve years as our lives went from college keg parties to children (on his part – as you know, we are child-free).
In all the time in college I never once thought “What is Charles gonna be like when he’s 30? married? a dad?” He was just Charles – the buddy who lived off campus, had a killer smile, made all the girls hearts flutter, and was my pal. He was a year below me and was in an orientation group that included a future boyfriend, my first gay friend, and a constant crush (that last one would be Charles).
And now he’s a DAD. I’ve met his wife (she came to our wedding back in 1997 as his fiancee) and she was wonderful and perfect for Charles. He had grown up a lot since college – you could see the serenity on his face whereas in college he had a bit of the devil in him. It was obvious that Dori was good for him.
He’s a FATHER. It’s frightening – a lot of my friends from college have kids. And I’m next – I hope to be pregnant in the next year or so. And then it’ll be THEIR turn to say “Are you kidding – JAYNEE is a Mom? How wrong is that?”
Congratulations, Charles and Dori!