December 12, 2008

A Few Words From Kelly

I read this over on Kelly's blog and asked if she would mind if I posted it here. This is such a lovely "essay" about the power of friendship and I want to share it with all my girlfriends, today, on my 47th birthday. I want all of you to know how much your friendships mean to me. And if you haven't read Kelly's memoir, it will be out in paperback on the 23rd. You can read my review for the hardcover here.

Thank you, Kelly. This is such a special essay. You have quite a way with words!


  1. Oh Les, this is so beautiful...on my old computer it stopped at 4:12, but I'll resume it on my newer laptop...She is very, very gifted. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Anonymous3:40 AM

    I plan on purchasing a paperback copy as a Christmas present for myself this year - it sounds just like the type of book I need to read right now.

  3. Les, Happy Birthday and thank you for giving us the gift of viewing this wonderful clip. I remember seeing an interview of Kelly when her book was first published. Well, now I'm going to buy the pb and give it to each of my daughters (who are in their 20s) for Christmas.

    Have a wonderful day celebrating with the people you love!

  4. Oh, my...I'm crying into my coffee!
    This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us. Happy Birthday!

  5. Happy birthday, Les! Thank you for sharing this wonderful essay with us. We women are so lucky to have wonderful friends to help us through the tough times.

  6. Lesley, I have a small package here with your name on it. That's the problem; it's HERE, not there! I'll send it off this weekend, and I'm sorry it's late. I've been a little buried with a son failing High School, etc. this month. However, a VERY, VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. Thank YOU for being my friend. Love, M.

  7. ♫♫ Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you ♫♫

  8. Happy, happy, happy day, dear one!

  9. Happy Birthday, Girlfriend! I hope your day is a special one. :) Thanks for sharing the trailer. I enjoyed the essay.

  10. Happy Birthday Les!

  11. I watched the video this morning and it totally made me cry. I thought about my group of girlfriends and how we're trying to start a monthly "meeting." Most of us are still fairly young, so we have all of those wonderful (and terrible) milestones still to go, but I hope we last as long as the women she spoke of in the video. Thank you for helping me appreciate those awesome women even more!

  12. P.S. Happy birthday!

  13. Happy Birthday Les! I hope you had a lovely day! :)

  14. Anonymous11:33 PM

    Happy Birthday Les for yesterday. I hope you had a lovely day and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  15. Anonymous12:06 PM

    Oh, I just realized that I didn't say happy birthday in my original comment - hope you had a great one!

  16. That was wonderful...

    A very happy birthday to you Lesley. I'm sorry I'm late to the party but I'm sending you tons of birthday wishes.

  17. Lorraine - I thought it was very beautiful, too. Hope you got to watch the ending.

    Stephanie - I think you'd enjoy this book. Might be just the thing for you this coming year.

    Mary - Thanks for the birthday wishes! I had a great day. Glad you enjoyed the video clip. I've watched it several times and each time, I wind up crying. Hope your daughters enjoy the book.

    JoAnn - Yeah, well. I did, too. Every time I watched it. :) Glad you enjoyed it. And thanks for the birthday wishes. It was a lovely day.

    Debnance - Hey there, friend! Thanks for the birthday greeting. I'm glad you enjoyed the video clip. Yep, there's nothing quite like a group of good friends to see you through the rough days. Hope all is well with you. Take care and Merry Christmas!

    Bellezza - Aw, aren't you sweet. Don't worry about rushing to get it to me. I can celebrate all month. :) I wish I could figure out a way to help you with your kiddo. Hang in there and remember, this too shall pass. Thanks for your friendship and the good birthday wishes. Love ya, too.

    SuziQ - Awww, thank you! If we lived closer, we could go get a cup of clam chowder at Nye Beach together. :)

    Nan - Thank you, my dearest of dearest friends.

    Joy - Thank you! It was a great day and it just got better now that I see I won a book from you. Yipppeee! :) Glad you enjoyed the video clip. I need to stop watching. It makes me cry every single time!

    Kailana - Thanks so much. I had such a nice celebration. Helped that it was almost 70 degrees here on Saturday. Not like the negative 3 I woke up to this morning!

    Lexi - Don't feel bad. I've cried every single time I've watched it. Such powerful words. How lucky that you have a group of girlfriends that you can get together with on a regular basis. Hold on tight to those women. You never know when you might need one (or all).

    And thanks for the birthday wishes. It was a great day.

    Nat - Thank you so much. I did have a lovely day. Took Annie-dog to the dog run, shot some pictures, went to a birthday party, ate too much, enjoyed the cake, got lots of fun gifts, etc. What more could a girl ask for? :)

    BooksPlease - Thank you so much. It was one of the nicest birthdays I've had in a very long while. Probably helps that the weather was absolutely gorgeous. That's pretty rare in mid-December in the Midwest.

    Stephanie - No worries. Thanks for thinking of me. It was a great day. Check back with me in 3 years when I hit 50! :)

    Iliana - Wasn't it though? I love the cadence in her writing.

    Thanks for all the good birthday wishes. If you've read all my responses above, you can see I had a great day.

  18. Anonymous12:18 PM

    I'm late but I hope you had a very happy birthday!

  19. Lesley - I had a wonderful birthday. Thanks for the belated good wishes!


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