On an annual basis more or less, Miss Helen's birthday rolls around.
But she, not being like most, doesn't just have a birth day - she has a birth month.
And during this month there's all kinds of celebrations.
Luncheons at Bergdorf's in New York.
And quiet birthday dinners with intimate friends.
Do you remember John?
I brought him up in a post entitled "A Hamburger for Thanksgiving" not so long ago.
Well John, being rich and totally idle, has plunked down in Washington to spend this entire birthday month with Miss Helen. (Not that I'm jealous or anything like that.)
On one quiet evening during all the hoopla, they settled down with a bottle of champagne and went about reciting their favorite quotes from Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker.
Miss Helen was kind enough to email some of the slightly-mangled versions they came up with, and there's one I want to share with you tonight.
It's one of my favorite Parker quotes, and I'm sure you've already heard it. But nonetheless, it's always good for a much needed laugh, anytime, anywhere.
I'm quoting from my own memory, by the way, which I'm sure will be closer to the original than some champagne-driven interpretation. (No offense, John.)
Said the lovely Miss Parker:
"I love a good martini,
Two at the most.
With three I'm under the table.
With four I'm under my host."