Liz Philben, March 29 & 30, 1996

American Flatbread – Flatbread Kitchen

Friday and Saturday March 29+30, 1996

Tonight’s menu and baking are dedicated to


Liz Philben


I grew up talking.

Talking with my mom and dad,

Talking with friends.
I guess I like to talk

About as well as anything.


I grew up with curly hair.

Not the kind you roll or buy

Just the kind that sprouts out of your head, naturally.

I like curly hair.

I guess that is a good thing.


I grew up riding horses.

I guess I like working with horses

About as well as anything.


I like chocolate. Sometimes

I put pieces of chocolate on my front teeth

And ask people to watch me smile

It grosses them out

And makes me laugh.

They laugh too.


When I was a kid in school

My coach said

That I was coachable. It just seemed

To make sense to me.

It seemed like the best way

To learn and to get better and to grow.

I like being coachable.


When I was a little girl I dreamed of being married. I didn’t know to whom, of course, but I knew he would be a lucky guy. That dream came true. I like being married. I guess I like it about as well as anything.


When I was a little girl

I knew someday

I’d be all grown up.

Today I am thirty years old.

Today is the day

I’m all grown up.


            I think I’ll go put some chocolate cake on my teeth and gross somebody out—just to remind the world that not all grown-ups are the same, and that even if you are grown up, it’s ok to act silly sometimes, and to laugh.

                                    I like helping people laugh.

                                    I guess I like helping people laugh

                                    About best of all.


Thanks for helping us all laugh, Liz. With love and respect from all of us at Flatbread,       


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