The Words – Happy Birthday Letter

The words that forever changed my life were not from a book or any speech or poem.  They were from a letter I received on my 50th birthday party from a very close friend, Marion D. The letter was so well written, it was a present in itself. At first – I was overcome with fear, pure fear reading the two page letter,  since I had no idea what it was about? Basically the letter Marion had written me was a letter of confidence in myself.

Marion and I had become friends in 1988 while our children were in kindergarten together. We had many things in common beside our children, we were both from the same city and grew up in the same neighborhood. We shared many of the same friends and had the same breed of dogs. Drove the same car, our Moms had the same first names, we were both Catholics, and of course both of us were good looking ladies. Need I say anything more.  We made a conscious effort to root for the same major league baseball team. (Go Angels)

SAC Auction 1987_2

Over the years, there would be disappointments, problems and array of parenting woes. Marion always made herself available to me and made sure to stay on the front lines as needed. To quote Marion,  “Her spirit of happiness spills into days, she makes all of us a little bit better”.

Happy Birthday to you, Marion! May your trip around the sun – be your best year ever !


Thank you for being a wonderful, supportive friend to me for the last 25 years!


About Poisematters

Lori is a recognized Protocol and Etiquette expert who received her training in 1997 from The Protocol School of Washington. Lori is certified and trained in International and Corporate Protocol and Etiquette instruction. Lori began her career with the Disneyland Resort in 1975 and has over 40 years of service with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. In 2001, Lori Dominguez received the Orange County Tourism Council's Service Excellence award in the area of accommodations (Hotels). Lori continues teaching workshops on Protocol & Etiquette to local schools in Southern California including Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach and Cal Poly Pomona and Chapman University. She enjoys Fashion, blogging, being a dog mom, loves social media and travel. Her family includes two grown sons; a husband who is a high school biology teacher; and one very spoiled Bernese Mountain Dog.
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4 Responses to The Words – Happy Birthday Letter

  1. Marion says:

    Thank you so much! Your friendship has certainly been a gift to me!

  2. Gary Zager says:

    Great post Lori on such a nice person! You two are so lucky to be friends with each other.

  3. Catherine Searight says:

    Lori, I did reply to this Happy Birthday message but I don’t think you got it. I’m doing something wrong I guess. Sorry. LY Mom

    On Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 5:36 PM, Poise Matters

  4. TammyeHoney says:

    What a frame-able memory to cherish forever. Thank you so much for sharing.

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