|The book I shall start reading today, a gift from my dear, dear friend, Judy|
One of my very, very, very best friends ever is in Paris for a few days. Yesterday we had our usual five hour catch-up lunch with wine and our informal exchange of gifts.
Before she left the States she asked for any special requests I might have. After my wishes are fulfilled, she throws surprises into my cadeau sac— anything and everything she thinks might make me happy. (She’s extremely good at that.)
On my side, I collect a few things I think will be fun for her.
I’ve told you about Judy before. She is, unquestionably, the smartest, funniest person I know (she’s also chic) and we have plans for our future . . . More on that at another time.
We couldn’t meet at our usual rendez-vous point, Laduree on the Champs Elysees, because Sunday lunch was overbooked so we went off to my wonderful friend, Sharon Santoni’s(My French Country Home) and my favorite spot, the restaurant in the Hotel de Vigny, mainly because we can sit there for the entire day and no one tries to show us the door.
|OK, not glamorous, but definitely efficacious.|
At my behest, Judy brought me several tubes of Arm & Hammer Advance White Extreme Whitening toothpaste. She kept asking me if I was sure that was all I needed, assuring me she had a large suitcase waiting to be filled on her side, to be emptied and re-filled on my side. I told her that was all I needed.
|Judy likes to keep me au courant on the latest and the greatest.|
That’s when she threw in the surprises, a bag full of DVDs (she told me a box will be arriving in the mail with more) and the New York Times bestseller, Rules of Civility which she promises me will become one of my favorite books ever. I trust her.
On my side, I gave her a beauty pack:
Clarins Baume Beauté Eclair
Clarins lip gloss that also gives a little plump without the bite. (You know, that ingredient that burns the lips found in so many of those products.)
And, finally, a small, hardback notebook I found months ago that made me think of her.
When Judy’s beloved husband died after a long and terrible illness she was in the depths of sorrow. One day when she awoke she decided she had her life in front of her and she would be happy — she decided to be happy. Since I never forgot her telling me this, when I saw the notebook with the Voltaire quote: “J’ai décidé d’être heureux parce que c’est bon pour la santé,” I knew it belonged to Judy.
Then, Judy gave me the kindest, most generous, most thoughtful gift anyone has ever offered me. She told me, “If you ever need me, I’ll be on the next plane.” We both got rather teary at that moment.