i've learned a lot since we crossed paths about 4 years ago.. and while you may not see it or intend it, one of the things i have been so impressed by is your ability and willingness to say what you feel. you know i've been doing it a hell of a lot more. sometimes it goes well, sometimes notsomuch, but i know i'm being honest and i feel good about it.. so here goes:
i have never met anyone like you. i don't know anyone so open, so loving, so unconditional.. i've never had a friend who is such a tremendous ally and advocate and still has a voice of reason. you have encouraged me silently or voluminously from the day i met you and i learn from you constantly - whether to be totally comfortable with who i am, that it is ok to ask for help, the intricacies of breast feeding at a baseball field so i can teach someone someday, that i can say wife and it is totally normal, how much fun walking up and down the stairs 9,000 times can be with a 2-yr-old, when i just need to send the drafted email, how to seamlessly combine last names, what i will need to do to be a great mama, or identifying the key role-players in vampire pop-culture.
i admire your strength, honesty, parenting, sincerity, passion, openness, goofiness and willingness to try/give/do.. you have been on the receiving end of my random gut-spilling life story messages and babblings on the edge of a deck.. you automatically, immediately, and unconditionally accepted us into your family.. you're reading this and thinking you didn't do anything. and that's just it - your everyday self is the person that has had a tremendous impact on my life. getting to know you has made me more passionate, more open, and clearly more expressive than i ever expected i would be. thank you for your support, being my ally, my confidant, my fellow warrior, and my friend.
i love you & i couldn't be more thankful you were so freakishly outgoing ;)
and now come help me with this damn eyeshadow...
shine on, lady!
A *C* (yes, really) L