12 November 2006

Happy Birthday, Holly!

Holly has been one of my dearest friends for more years than she wants me to admit. And it’s her birthday. Grab a cocktail and toast her. She loves cocktailing and toasting as much as I do, and she deserves several hoists in the air.

Holly’s family moved to our charming little hamlet of Vinings in the fourth grade, and she became friends with Renae and me during her first week of school.

Holly, Renae, and me in downtown Athens (1983)

We had a great friendship back then, as much fun as we have now. We stayed kids as long as the calendar would allow us. Holly used to love playing with Barbies at my house (she just had Kiddles — fun to play with and cute to look at, but never as much fun as Barbie), and I loved spending the night at her house. There was one particular spend-the-night party — maybe for your birthday in the sixth grade? — where we held the Miss Spend-the-night Party Pageant, and Holly performed a dance to “Lady Madonna” that I relive every time I hear it. Talented, that one.

Holly and Renae, in my Little Five Points apartment (1987)

Holly always claims she’s not creative … but she is. When we were in sixth grade, Holly used to write me notes from Dr. Thomas B. Ward, a psychiatrist who’d tell me about his patients and his wild affairs. They were hysterical. I kept them for years, until my not-packrat mom tossed them during my UGA days. Those notes, Holly, prove your creativity.

Holly has been (very, very, disgustingly very) happily married to Randy for a wonderfully long time — and I get partial credit for that match. I helped engineer the first date and was instrumental in getting them back after a college-era breakup. Just think: Without me, they would not know happiness (and thank God I’m modest). Theirs was one of the most romantic weddings I’ve attended — just their families, Renae and me, and Randy’s two best friends. It also freaked me out because one of my crowd was — *gasp* — taking an adult step.

Holly and Randy, celebrating my birthday

Holly and Randy live in a fabulous house on a large lake north of Atlanta. There’s nothing better than cocktailing on top of their boat house, then taking a ride on the boat at dusk. (I know, kids, I’ve been remiss in getting up there for a visit; I’ll abuse my guest privileges soon. I promise.)

Holly’s been there for many parties and dinners and cocktail hours. She’s also been there for the dark times, especially during devastating breakups. She listens and she laughs, she cries and she consoles. I’d be lost without her.

When OM died, Holly and Randy were the first friends to come by Mama’s house — with lots of food. Renae also sent food, and it kept me going knowing that my two oldest and dearest friends were feeding my family during our darkest days. I’ll never forget that and will always love them for it.

My favorite Holly self-portrait, snapped this summer

We have a lot of history, a lot of adventures under our belt. We went through elementary school together … high school … University of Georgia … young adulthood … and not-so-young adulthood. I plan to grow old with Holly and Randy and Renae and Greg, on the most fun cul-de-sac around.

I love you, Holly, and cherish our long, beautiful friendship.

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At 11/15/2006 06:42:00 PM, Anonymous rcofchs said...

That Holly truly is a hotty. Thanks for the match making and long time friendship.

At 11/15/2006 06:55:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Happy Birthday Holly! I hope you enjoy the Fez!

At 11/15/2006 07:16:00 PM, Anonymous HollyC said...

Hey thanks Beth! I was just cleaning the guest room today...

At 11/15/2006 07:22:00 PM, Anonymous HollyC said...

Oh yea, and who is this Ted Leo and the Pharmacists you are going to see? They actually sound kind of dull

At 11/15/2006 07:33:00 PM, Blogger Old Lady said...

You are so lucky to have such friends. A very precious gift.

At 11/15/2006 10:03:00 PM, Blogger lee said...

This was a sweet thing to read -men may come and go but throughout life but we always have our girlfriends! :).

At 11/15/2006 10:42:00 PM, Blogger mellowlee said...

Happy Birthday Holly! Oh my gawd am I ever missing my friends *Sniff sniff*

At 11/15/2006 11:28:00 PM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

Sniff, sniff, that was a beautiful tribute to an amazing friendship. Happy Birthday, Holly!

At 11/16/2006 07:34:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

RCOFCHS: She is a hottie. I'm glad you two are together.

DAN: The Fez has been postponed. You should join us.

HOLLYC: No cleaning during birthday week! That's why you have a husband. And Ted Leo & The Pharmacists are quite good; I'll bring a CD when we get together.

OLD LADY: I am very lucky to still be close to those friends I grew up with. I treasure them all ... and love cocktailing with them.

LEE: So true!

MELLOWLEE: Thank the Lord for e-mail, right? It helps me stay in touch.


At 11/16/2006 07:59:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

Holly, aren't you and Beth just so lucky to have each other? And Beth, I see you were a pageanteer even back then. Lovely post and photos.

At 11/16/2006 08:09:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

We are lucky, Dale. We squeal with luckiness whenever we see each other. And I guess I never got the pageantry out of my blood. I lost the Miss Spend-the-night Party contest ... miserably ... I think that b*tch Laura Baldwin won.

At 11/16/2006 09:07:00 AM, Blogger haahnster said...

I love the insanely exaggerated, toothy grins in that top photo!!!

Good times.

At 11/16/2006 11:28:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

One word, Haahnster: Drinkin'. Lots of drinkin'. It was Renae's birthday. However, I tend to be that exaggerated and grinny around those two.

At 11/16/2006 12:43:00 PM, Anonymous Renae said...

A belated blog birthday for Holly wish from me as well--and did she send the UGA-AUburn score? I claimed it was my birthday present to her!

The Three Musketeers--that's us!!

At 11/17/2006 01:39:00 AM, Blogger Coaster Punchman said...

Happy (belated) birthday to Holly! I also like the photos.

At 11/19/2006 01:10:00 PM, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

She sounds like a really cool babe! Neat to kep longtime friends...they just know your all!


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