For the inaugural edition of (Bosom) Friend Fridays, the featured friend would need to be sparkling. Dazzling. A real Halley’s Comet of a human being. And when you think of it that way, there is really only one bombshell of a choice: Melissa Moen.
[If you're wondering if I am always going to be in the picture with the (B)F, well... it's not that *I* need to be in the picture, it's just that the *editor-in-chief of Hootenannie.com* does. It's in her contract. So.]
When I first met Mel, I was intimidated in that “you are the prettiest person in the world” kind of way. In fact, a few weeks ago, she went to my place of employment in Nashville to pick something up for me, and I told the cutie at the desk, Pamela, to just wait for the woman that looks like Cate Blanchett. Pamela knew her right away.
I had the joy and privilege of sharing a house with Mel for the entire year of 2009; along with Julie, the three of us made up the JAM House, Nashville’s favorite place for a soirée (the city voted). I hadn’t had roommates in 5 years, and probably never will again – our time together in that house was THAT special. Julie and Mel would be an impossible act to follow.
Mel spends at least 97% of her time being enthusiastic, emotive, and excited – her buzz is contagious. As a relatively calm person (I type in CAPS LOCK much more than I speak it), I found that with Mel around, I squealed about something several times a day, at least. When she starts speaking dramatically, her hands fly around and her very perfect lips go in all directions. It’s remarkably adorable.
She can wear running shoes and a t-shirt or a cocktail dress and heels – she looks equally natural in both. She knows all of the words to every Shania Twain song. She belongs on Broadway. She is generous and thoughtful and bold.
I miss her like the dickens.