Today is the lovely Mrs. Natalie Keller-Lyons Birthday. One of my all time favorite people and dearest friends. I'm horrible with numbers and dates so I called her a couple of days to wish her a happy birthday, along with a confession that I was nearly positive it wasn't her birthday but wanted to be on the safe side.
We met in culinary school a few years back in Portland in a room filled with 18 year olds. We had both just graduated from college and moved from California. We were instant friends although most of our time was spent in the kitchen and working outside of school. She moved to Los Angeles after we graduated and I stayed in Portland. When I visited her last year in L.A., I realized that it was the most time we'd ever spent together outside of the kitchen, but we always pick up right where we left off.
She got married to her longtime love--Cameron, at her family's winery late September this year. I was one of her bridesmaids and spent the days before the wedding with Natalie and her family. I kept thinking how crazy it was we'd only known each other a few years, I feel like we've known each other forever, the way you feel about your childhood friends or your family. It was a beautiful wedding and she was a flawless patient bride. Even when the car taking her to the wedding ran out of gas and delivered her late to her own wedding, she arrived calm and collected, smiling and laughing... as usual. One of my favorite things about her.
So... Happy (actual) Birthday to you friend!
I know you're younger, but you always seem the wiser.
I look forward to many years of laughing and of course... matching moo moos and walker races.
Here is a song for you. Just replace *Lisa with Natalie.