It was the twentieth birthday of Someone Extremely Important.
Three days ago, Marleneerdoodles left the realm of Teenagerness and entered ... well, I'm not sure what she entered. Whatever it is, it's probably the better for having her there. Because she has this habit of brightening things up and making it hard to imagine what life was like before she came.
The sad thing is that I wasn't able to go to her birthday party (which mostly involved going to see the 50th in theaters). It was the first birthday in the history of our friendship that I wasn't at her birthday party. Hmm. Not sure how I feel about this whole growing up and moving away thing. But on the bright side? She had a blast at the 50th AND she didn't spill the beans for me when we talked on the phone because we were all
The fact that I've only gotten around to posting this today does not make Marlene's 20th birthday any less monumental. She's in that delicate in-between-stage of adulthood. She's a legal adult, no longer a teenager, aaaand not quite yet ... "legal." And because she's Marlene, she's still holding on to those precious strings of childhood that should be held on to no matter how old you are. There's a difference between childish and childlike. Marlene always has had her priorities straight in this regard. It's actually very inspiring. She's always reminded me of what's most important about growing up. (Ergo, being twenty means she is that much closer to kissing her frog prince.)
|and she would, too|
Happy [belated] birthday, Marlene! Love you. <3