In fact, there was a very special reason for my stopover in California. My cousin, who also happens to be my best friend, has been with her marketing agency for ten years. It's the largest agency in the world serving and raising funds excusively for nonprofit organizations...and she's just been promoted to vice president. Being "up close" enough in seven of the past ten years to see how hard she works and how brilliant she is, I'm not surprised that her value is recognized in this tangible way, but nevertheless it's a delightful development and one that makes me prouder than I have any right to be.
So it was an honor to be treated to a very special dinner last night celebrating not just Lyric's promotion but her incredible journey to this point after three decades in the business. As she says often, it's not a journey she would have chosen, but God has allowed her to work in a field that brings her tremendous satisfaction and has blessed her with remarkable success. So that deserves a great dinner, don't you think?
We were able to share the evening at The Melting Pot overlooking Old Town Pasadena and enjoying some of the most scrumptious food I've ever eaten, accompanied by good wine and a fabulous view...if we hadn't also planned a football game for the evening we could have stayed for hours and hours. Instead, we have lovely memories of a night honoring my dear friend.
Thank you, Lyric, for your work, your life, your friendship, and your place in my family. I celebrate you!