In honor of Lola's 29th birthday (ahem) I am finally publishing Best Friends Part II.
Lola and I met when we were young professionals in Chicago. Our paths crossed a couple of times and we just clicked. We started being lunch buddies and from there grew a friendship that is unlike any other.
Lola was born in New York city but came of age in Connecticut. Politically she is Liberal with a capital L. She is Jewish. She is thin. She's good with money. In every way, she is my opposite. Did I mention that we just clicked? It would be more accurate to say, "inexplicably we clicked".
We've had some amazing times as friends. Her birthday that we celebrated in Las Vegas was both memorable and horrifying (on the way home she got so ill that I wheeled her through the airports in a wheelchair). We met Cindy Crawford together (and Cindy asked if she could be best friends with us too--true story). We watched Sense and Sensibility in the hospital while she was bedridden during her pregnancy with her twins (and her ankles were the size of truck tires).
Lola has a unique capability as a friend. Any old friend can commiserate, empathize and listen to you complain. And while Lola does all these things well, she also runs up along side you and picks up part of your burden and helps you carry it.
She and Thurston make time for me and my kids on occasions big and small (At MiMi's christening they were the only attendees on my side of the family). As a family they've taught us Jewish customs and blessed us by inviting us to Shabbat. She has been an amazing example of a strong, ethical and loving woman for my girls.
I love you Lola, and I can't wait to be one of those little old lady couples who frequent Florida with blue hair and matching outfits....we are going to set that place on fire.
Happy Birthday Friend!