Lisa R.: I Couldn't Be More in My Element
Lisa R. talks about the Palm Springs trip and seeing Lisa V. in a nightie.
Well, here we are again!
Watching Yolanda deal with Bella’s DUI was such a lesson for all of us parents, wasn’t it? We do the best we can to raise our sweet babies, and we must trust our own hearts that we did the best we could. Our kids, as are we, are human beings, and we all make mistakes. One of the most difficult parts of parenthood is actually watching our kids make these mistakes, learn from them, and move on as wiser individuals. Considering what a phenomenal mom Yolanda is to her girls, I had zero doubt that she would handle this difficult situation with so much strength, grace, and dignity.
There were a couple moments with Kim that were quite moving, I thought. The first being the unique and timeless relationship that she shares with Monty. The fact that they began as friends at such a young age, married and had Brooke, divorced, and came out on the other side as best friends so many years later is something to be respected. Their bond is quite obviously a tight one and to watch their transition from kids in love to where they are now is most definitely a tug on the heart strings. My own father, who I love with all of my heart, is 92, and the time I have left with him is so precious. It’s so important that I find joy during what seems to be some of the last times I may have with my dad, and I think it’s great that Kim and Monty were able to share in the joy of Brooke’s wedding. And of course, Brooke looked stunning in her Mark Zunino wedding dress.
The other moment I enjoyed was when Kim, Kyle, and Kathy were together in front of Kathy’s house just before the ceremony. I enjoyed watching the three sisters step into their roles in support of one another, and to see them walk into the house arm in arm was powerful.
Speaking of Kyle, I have to admit that I really look forward to watching her at home with her family. Watching them run around in fear of being late, wondering who stole whose eyeliner, but still managing to pull it all together in the last moments is so reflective of my own household. Clearly, I totally get what it’s like to live in a house with only one man and all girls. It’s kind of a controlled chaos around here when we’re all trying to get ready, but it’s also what makes our house and family so much fun, and that’s what I see when I watch Kyle and her family at home, too. It’s full of laughter and love with just the right amount of chaos sprinkled in.
I said it last week and I’ll say it again this week, I’m loving watching Eileen’s family. Despite knowing Eileen for so many years, I’ve really only gotten to know Eileen as Eileen. Not Eileen as wife and mother at home with her family, and it’s really cool to watch. OK, is anyone going to be shocked when I say that I especially dig Eileen’s hustle? She’s got so many balls that she’s juggling in the air, yet she seems to have them all under control. I know firsthand how hard it is to work on a soap opera, and boy do I applaud her. I mean, really. It’s not an easy thing, and to see the picture of her in her dressing room with Baby Jesse took me right back to when I would bring my own six-month Amelia to Soap Talk with me.
I actually felt as if I was invited by the queen to sit on her royal court for the day, and let me tell you, it is was so much fun!
Finally, let’s talk about the time I spent in Palm Springs with Lisa V. and her amazing friends and beautiful family. You want to know what it felt like? I actually felt as if I was invited by the queen to sit on her royal court for the day, and let me tell you, it is was so much fun! Between our dinner table conversation about our non-Brazilian bushes, Lisa looking like she just stepped off the cover of Vogue in her pink nightie at 7 am, and watching Lisa accept her star, the time we spent in Palm Springs was perfect. Lisa’s friends are always such a blast to be around, and of course, I always love when I get to see Lance Bass. He and I go way back, thanks to our mutual friend Joey Fatone, and I just adore him.
Despite the fact that it was 110 degrees at 9 am when the ceremony began, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to rival the Wicked Witch’s scene of literally melting in her heels, I couldn’t be more in my element of standing by my friend’s side, cheering her on as she was awarded with a star for all of her exceptional work within the LGBT community. I love seeing women succeed, and Lisa really empowers this wonderful community to have a voice, and she continuously supports their lifestyle and rights. It’s an understatement to simply say I was honored to be a part of this special event. While Lisa and I may tease one another incessantly on Twitter (did you see our Twitter War over the color pink last week?) our bond is a special one, and for that I am eternally grateful!
I hope you’re enjoying this holiday season, and I’ll meet you back here next week!