“A Stranger in a Strange Land-My Friendship with Mary Beth,” Hybrid Mom Online

A Stranger in a Strange Land – Cynthia Carr Gardner recounts the beginning of her decades-long friendship with Mary Beth Evans Written By: Cynthia C. Gardner I was on a mission to find a new home for our family because of a job opportunity for my husband. I longed to duplicate the sea, the house, the friends, the life of the east Coast I so cherished, and I wasn’t finding it in the three days i had just spent in Los Angeles. I had one lovely friend that side of the Mississippi who offered to lift my spirits with a dinner invitation with some friends. We pulled up to a beautiful house, brimming with character and warmth, and i was further heartened that I could find kindred spirits in this new world. The door opened and chaos ensued…a small boy flew across the entry, a wildly distressed baby wailed in the next room and a spectacular face glowed in the midst of it all. i’d met my new best friend, Mary Beth. From that moment on, Pasadena would be our home. I was engulfed by Mary Beth and her coterie of friends, who would make our family a natural extension of their long friendships. Mary Beth was also my first personal styling “client” (I foisted myself upon her!) We must have eliminated a lifetime supply of Dynasty-like suits that swamped my elegant and diminutive friend,...

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