To: Julianne Poter (Julia Roberts character in My Best Friend’s Wedding)
From: Michael O’Neal
I’m sorry our goodbye was so rushed. The crowd was a little overwhelming. Actually the whole week was a little overwhelming and, forgive me for being candid, but you weren’t the help I thought you’d be. I needed you Jules—to be my friend and make me laugh the nervousness away. I needed you to mock me while I was getting fitted for my tux. And, above all, I needed you to be there for my bride-to-be, to welcome Kimmie into your life for no other reason than you know how much I love her. That should be enough for you. I know you know this, but again, your attempted manipulation of her was not appreciated. It could have broken up my engagement, but more importantly it could have ended our friendship. To me, that’s not a risk worth taking!
Now of course I can’t be too angry, because you did everything in the name of being with me and, although I hate to say it, your antics are amusing. Plus, you did redeem yourself completely as you ran around the greater Chicago area with me to find my bride hours before the wedding. Kimmie appreciates everything you said to her at the stadium, as do I – it must have been difficult for you.
Julianne, please don’t ever think of this as being a “you vs. Kimmie” situation because it never has been. You were my first love. Savvy. Successful. Did I mention gorgeous? For years I didn’t think anyone could compete, but you made it clear I wasn’t for you and I was happy to hold on to you as a friend. But everyone needs to be loved back at some point. I couldn’t wait forever, and I found someone who loves me back. I’m sorry if she made you realize you had buried feelings for me, but you can’t claim me as your own just because you’re ready now.
Know that part of me will always love you, and I’ll stand-by you at your wedding the way you stood by me at mine (minus the unnecessary drama). Let’s keep this friendship thing going — we’re good at it. I’ll call you soon.
For better or for worse,
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