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Sadly, I barely recall the first time I met Jackie at a popular local gay club. I was having a great time with my girls dancing the night away! Our paths crossed again a few times in the social scene, and whenever we saw each other out and about, Jackie was pretty “full court press” about getting my attention.
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At the bar, she would tell the bartender to take care of my tab and my friends’ tab. She was a publicist at the time and would often invite my friends and me to red carpet events, and even flew us all to Vegas to work an event. In my eyes, Jackie was always a friend. But, during our three years of friendship, Jackie was relentless. She gives whole new meaning to the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
I recall one particular time, she sent a flower arrangement the size of a preschooler to my apartment. Three years later, we ended up hosting a birthday event for a mutual friend of ours. We both happened to be single this time and I started to see a different Jackie. I was beyond surprised that behind all the big talk was a kind-hearted, protective, and extremely selfless person. As we began to spend more time together, my heart opened and I fell head over heels for her.