Daily Affirmation

The best things in life are free.
The second best are very expensive.
- Coco Chanel

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Marion!

Best birthday wishes go out tonight for one of my oldest and most cherished friends, Marion. We've been friends since the 6th grade - 44 years! - and it's funny how that can seem so long ago on one hand, and on the other it seems like yesterday that we were walking down Chapman Avenue to the Orange Circle to spend the day shopping. Marion and I have been through life together. We used to go to the Orange County Fair, and ride those horrible twisty, upsidedown rides - I can't believe that. They'd make us both sick now. When I moved to New Jersey, she and Jeanette came to visit that first summer. We were shopping at South Coast Plaza before it was so big and chic - when it really was surrounded by bean fields. We were cheerleaders together. When I went to BYU and was so homesick, she came up to visit. She was maid of honor at my wedding, and made the cutest pair of shorts for my first baby, Rex. (They had little yellow duck buttons on them!) She introduced me to my first Nordstrom store. One of my favorite memories (and Katie's too!) was the trip to San Luis Obispo on a train to visit Marion at her parents' house. We had so much fun, and I've filed it away it as one of my favorite trips ever. I smile whenever I remember it. Lots of laughter over the years. Some tears too, but lots of laughter.
I can't think of a year that's gone by when we haven't called each other on our birthdays, and I look forward every year to that tradition. (Although this year I only left a message, and will try again tomorrow - I was so disappointed to have missed her!) If we don't talk the rest of the year, we have our birthday chat. We always wondered which birthday would be the one where we woke up beautiful. On our 50th birthday, she sent me a card that read, simply: "Today it happened. We're beautiful." It was the best birthday message I ever received.
And the strange thing is, no matter what has happened in our lives - joyful, tragic, miracles, losses - it always seems like the last time we spoke was just yesterday. Magically, or maybe because the tapestry we've woven together becomes richer and more beautiful with each passing year, we can always pick up the thread and carry on without missing a stitch. How do I express how much I love this girl? She is so beautiful, inside and out, and so intelligent. She's funny, quirky (I require this in my friends), and I can't think of anyone I'd rather spend time with. When my world was falling apart, she was there, and she understood, and she helped me feel good about myself again. Over the years, she has been invaluable to my confidence and self esteem. I love her as if she were my sister, and indeed, she is a dear, dear sister to me. Everyone should be lucky enough to have one friend like her.
So Happy Birthday, Marion. May all your wishes, hopes, and dreams come true. May your life and heart be full of love. Just look for it - expect it - and it will be there. I hope you got your lemon cake, and that you blew all the candles out. And in a couple of weeks, when it's my birthday, I will look forward to our birthday chat part 2. I love you!


  1. Happy Birthday Marion! My mom is right, that was one of my FAVORITE trips! I also remember you coming and staying the night at our house when you came down for your high school reunion. I think you slept in my room, and you gave me a cat pin! So funny I remember that, but I loved that pin! Hope your birthday was special...

  2. YOu should take a picture of your ankle and post it!


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