Today is Lauren’s birthday.
(Just to be clear in case that wasn’t implied in the picture above).
Happy Birthday Lauren!
Lauren is a dear, dear friend from college who I adore with all my heart.
I have so many fond memories with this girl.
Lauren was the SECOND person I met when I moved to New England to go to college. Little did we know that we were both from Southern California and would be placed on the same group a few days later for a pre-orientation backpacking trip in the Adirondacks called LaVida.
Maybe it was because we didnt think we’d survive those 12 days in the woods with no showering and little food or maybe it’s becuase we were just so happy to meet someone who knew the same freeway system as we did, but we became friends quickly.
My sincere wish is that I could wrap myself in a box and appear at Lauren’s doorstep in sunny Santa Monica right now as my birthday gift to her (kind of me I know), but sadly the post office is closed on Sundays so that won’t work.
I thought I’d tell you why you yourself should be happy it’s Lauren’s birthday and celebrate this wonderful day that brought her into the world.
For starters, let’s take a moment to gawk at just how
utterly gorgeous she is.
Displayed below are some pics from her fabulous wedding this past June.
And technically speaking she is now Mrs. Lauren Nelson, but I think she’ll always be Lauren Groux to me (sorry Eric no offense) or at least for a few more years till my brain can fully make the switch.
Lauren, most than anyone I know is the epitome of the word kind.
She is the sweetest person you will ever meet. I honestly think her heart is like 170x larger than the average person.
Lauren has the gift of presence. When she is with you, she is fully there. She listens to you with captivated eyes, an open heart and makes you feel like you’re the most important person in the world.
Time with Lauren, is always fun..
… and always an adventure.
I love that Lauren is always up for adventure and always ready to make the most out of life. She savors each and every moment of it.
Lauren is SO encouraging and can always see on the bright side.
Every time I talk to Lauren she has a way of cheering me up.
She can always see the good in every person and every situation. Seriously..
-Case in point -
One summer we lived together in Boston, not too far from Fenway. I was at my summer internship when she called me,
“Hey Steph how’s it going?”
“Just fine. What’s up”
“Well I was just calling. I came back from running errands and when I got to our apartment building there were fire trucks lining the streets and smoke billowing out.”
“Wait, what? What do you mean? ” I ask.
“HAS THE BUILDING BURNED DOWN? IS OUR STUFF OKAY? WHERE ARE WE GOING TO STAY?”
I think I at least tried to appear calm but internally I was freaking out with a gazillion questions.
In the sweetest, positive and calmest voice possible (you would think she was calling to tell me that she was going to cook dinner for the two of us) she replies, “Well, I’m not quite sure. Don’t worry. It’ll all be fine. Ill go ask someone and call you back. I just wanted you to know in case you were planning on coming home early from work.”
In the end the everything was fine. (Well for us that is…the dry cleaning store on the first floor of our building had indeed gone up in flames.)
But Ill never forget the stark contrast between my immediate freak-out reaction, and Lauren’s immediate assurance that everything would be okay.
She helps to remind me that it’ll all work out for the best.
Seriously, Lauren you make the world a better place.
And the world would in fact be a better place if there were more people with just an ounce of your kindness, positivity, and joy.
I’m so happy to know you
so sad that we live so far apart.