Dear Hanie and Suri,
Last year, Nancy, Mindy, and I were
walking over for a dessert on a Friday night. It must have been
sometime in December, because
I was telling them both about a contest at my job for which the
prize was a trip for two to the Vanity Fair Oscar party the night
of the Academy Awards. I work at Vanity Fair, which is why they
could offer such a prize. We were all excited by the prospect
of my winning and we were talking about what I would wear,
who I would
All of a sudden, I realized that my
best friend Yael’s wedding
was probably on the same day of the Academy Awards, which meant
that even if I won, I would have to give up the trip. Of course,
Mindy, who is probably a bigger stargazer than I am (if that is
possible) said that I should still go to the Academy Awards because
Yael would understand, that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Then Nancy went on to say that if Mindy won a trip to the Academy
Awards and it was on the same day as her (Nancy’s) wedding,
of course she would want Mindy to go, because she knew how important
it would be to Mindy. I was struck by what an amazing friend Nancy
was to Mindy. I, of course, would never understand my best friend
missing my wedding for anything and Nancy was adamant that she
would want Mindy to go because it would make her so happy. People
say that you are lucky to have one good friend who truly understands
you, and I was struck by what a great friend Nancy was to Mindy,
because I knew she meant every word of what she was saying.
That was truly Nancy’s gift,
being a great friend and anyone who knew her was lucky to benefit
from her character.
P.S. -Just in case you were wondering,
I did win the trip and did not go.