One of my dearest friends, Dawn Marie and her boyfriend Steve flew out to Los Angeles last Sunday from Massachusetts. (I wrote about Dawn in a previous post, when I had taken a trip to the East Coast last January. (Yes, I went in January. And yes, I froze my buns off.)
Anyway, Monday Dawn was on a mission to get out to Santa Monica. It happened to also be the hottest day on record in Los Angeles (113 degrees downtown!) so the coast, only about 13 miles away, was the perfect destination. And by the way, it was so blazing hot that day that when I got home at 9:30 pm that night, the hardwood floors in my bedroom were so hot I had to put on my flip flops!
Our mission to Santa Monica wasn't to cool off however ...
Santa Monica, California 9/27/10
The mission was to sit with a view of the boardwalk in Santa Monica, margaritas in hand, and make a toast to Dawn's mom Jeanie. It has only been a month ago, that Jeanie went on to be with the angels.
Dawn's mom loved coming out to visit her on the West Coast, when Dawn lived out here. As soon as she arrived, she wanted to head to the beach, as soon as humanly possible.
I remember sitting along the boardwalk, having margaritas and listening to Dawn and Jeanie, two of the funniest women on the planet, cracking each other up, laughing the afternoon away. Outside of her great love, what greater gift could Jeanie have given her daughter, than her hilarious sense of humor?
Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel
Venice Beach Basketball courts
Dawn and Steven
May God grant you always…
A sunbeam to warm you,
a moonbeam to charm you,
a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to cheer you.
Faithful friends near you.
And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.