Eighteen years ago, my mother and I flew to LA for our friend's 60th birthday. It was a costume party, and I went as a Texas cowgirl. The costumes were over-the-top. It was a beautiful party and so much fun to help with. Marie Anderson Tom helped my mother with me as I grew up. She became a dear family friend. It's hard to believe it has been eighteen years; the last time I flew to California.