‘The Best Man Holiday’ stirs emotion

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Two weeks before “The Best Man Holiday” came out, I remember having a conversation with a girl about how I could not wait to go see the movie.

Her response was that I would be wasting my time. The movie would end with another wedding and everybody dancing to a love song. Boy, was she wrong.

This movie taught me valuable lessons: Life is forever changing, time waits for no man and cherish your friends and family to the fullest.

My grandfather was lying in a hospital bed for months before he died. I saw him suffer. He had holes in the side of his stomach, but he was a strong man. He never showed signs of weakness. I saw my mother go back and forth to that hospital after work every day just to be by her father’s side. 

That moment, it showed how strong a mother can be in a time like this. Life has its obstacles. Although you may be just beginning college or about to finish, there will be many things that you will face that will have you questioning life. 

When I was 16, my best friend would tell me how she couldn’t wait to be a doctor and start a big family. I received a phone call at 1:47 a.m. on June 13, 2008, from my best friend saying she was dropping some friends off.

She told me she had been drinking, but she had something important to tell me whenever she made it back home. I told her I love her, and I will see her when she made it home. I fell asleep that night.

That morning, I received a phone call from my cousin saying that my best friend, Ashley, had died. I was in disbelief. The newspaper said she died on the scene at 1:58 a.m. The hardest part of this was looking her mother in the face and telling her this.

“The Best Man Holiday” reminded me how life can be so short and that you should cherish your friends and enjoy spending time with the people you love most. 

Maya Angelou said, “A person who doesn’t laugh has one boring a – life.”