I believe everyone should celebrate their birthday! Life is truly a gift and your birthday is a day to be thankful for, to reflect and to plan. It’s also a time for others to celebrate you. When a loved one, friend or colleague has a birthday, I try to take a moment to think about what I appreciate about that person.
A Dandelion Birthday!
So today we celebrate Laura. I am so thankful she was born and so thankful we met in Mason, Ohio in 2004. She’s truly a beautiful person, inside and out.
A Little History
Our girls were going to be riding the same bus to kindergarten and that’s really where our friendship started. I knew right away that I liked her. She was smart, funny, friendly and organized. We became friends. We even became co-leaders of a Girl Scout Daisy troop. I only wish I had pictures from that experience. We both wanted it to be this magical, great mom time. That 90 minutes a week sucked the life out of us. We decided being Girl Scout leaders was not our calling and to get out of continuing, I moved away. Just kidding. I did move away, but not because of Girl Scouts!
Effort that Didn’t Feel Like Effort
Friendship is effort, and the most natural friendships are those that don’t feel like effort because it’s so easy. Our three-year friendship of living in the same neighborhood turned into what is now a 15-year friendship, 12 of which we’ve lived in different states. We’ve visited each other’s homes, we’ve vacationed together and we talk on the phone most days. We’ve celebrated the good times and cried through the bad times.
Celebrating Birthday Girl Spirit
What qualities do I admire most in my friend Laura? It’s her love for her family, how she supports her family and friends, her sense of humor, tenacity and kindness.
Plus she loves to have a good time!
So cheers to half of The Two Dandelions and here’s wishing Laura a fabulous year filled with family, love, laughs, great health, delicious food/wine and fabulous travels!
Show yourself, friends and family some birthday love:) It makes everyone feel joy!