Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Dream Realized

Saturday, I awoke to my usual old bones, but was grateful for yet another day to celebrate life. Then, I realized that today was going to be an extra special day because I was going to witness a bonafide dream come true.

Just over a year ago, Primo walked into Le Cordon Bleu just for some information. At that point in time, he'd been here for a few months and realized that life was too short to live in wonderment and regret. That day changed his life forever.

He graduated at the top of his class, and to know him, this isn't a surprise. What is remarkable is that smile and laugh of his is bigger, bolder, and glows with every ounce of his being.
He was chosen to deliver the commencement address and the point of his speech was passion. Since I've known this guy, which has been quite a long, long time, he's LOVED to cook. When I picture our childhood, I see him cemented in the kitchen. I remember being amazed that he knew how to make enchiladas that melted in our mouth and we weren't yet teenagers. The food he cooks for me now is still every bit as good and satisfying. If you watch him cook, you can see that passion. If you have the privilege of eating a meal prepared by him, you will taste that passion. Long after you finish the dessert, you will hear the passion while conversing over a wonderful vino.

Cheers to you primo! Looking forward to celebrating in Napa!

*By the way, this is hands down my most favorite picture I've ever taken. It was completely accidental. I was screaming his name while he was exiting, camera ready, prepared to snap. He turned his head for a second and I snapped two pics. This was the 2nd one and I love how it turned out!

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