I had lunch with my longtime friend (and best-selling author – I can say, I knew her when!), Laurie Notaro last week. We went to Rosita’s Place for lunch, along with Laurie’s sister Lisa; my sister, Theresa, and our friend Barbara too.
We spent most of our meal laughing, thanks to Laurie, as always. At one point, we toned it down and I told Laurie and Lisa how Maya had a hard crush on a cute boy. Laurie has known my kiddos since they were just older than toddlers and likes to hear the updates. Anyway, at the same time I spilled this secret, my sister handed over her iPhone to Laurie to show her a picture.
“Oh, he’s real cute… so…how old is he?” Laurie and her sister say in unison as they examine the picture with unreadable expressions.
“I think he is a year older than Maya,” I reply. “Wait, is that a picture of him? How’d you get that?” I asked Theresa.
Laurie held up the iPhone to me and it was a picture OF ME. In sixth grade wearing my softball uniform.
“This is him, right?” Laurie asks, pointing the the picture (as seen below).
“NOooo…Actually, that is ME in sixth grade in my softball uniform! Wait – You thought I was a boy?“
We all broke out in fits of laughs, eyes watering, doubled over, etc. We made a rule outlawing off-topic photo sharing during all future conversations.
Once we all calmed down, Laurie says, “At least you were a cute boy, Kathy.”
Thanks, Laurie. We eventually switched to yakking about crafts. Laurie is a die hard artist. She paints, gardens, and makes handmade cards every Christmas, plus all kinds of other things! She nonchalantly said – “Oh. I made this dress! I even put a zipper in! I took a class and learned how to sew my own clothes.”
She went on to explain that she bought a dress form, nice fabric and is now making her own clothing from vintage patterns. I’m impressed! and inspired. I’ve been wanting to buy a plus-size dress form for so long, and now I think I’ll do that! Just when you think you know someone, they pull out a fast one like this. Then again, I’m not surprised at all! She can do anything! By the way, Laurie has a new book out on paperback! The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal. Make sure to buy a copy!!
Peace, love, and glitter!