(#4 in a series of people who
changed the course of my life)
When I imagine my fRamily—people we choose to be our family—I sometimes see us like that Family Circle cartoon—anyone remember that?
You know how the cartoonist would always show the movements of the children and mother by use of those big dashed lines. Well, as I reflect on the past three years here in Dallas, that’s what I see in my mind’s eye. A dashed-line map of the people nearest and dearest to me—some of them coming and going—moving from home to home, church to brunch, party to after-party, church to Gloria’s, pool to patio, and on and on.
Some of the very best times of my life have been in this city with these people.
The other thing I remember about that cartoon is how very much that family loved each other. So apt that love is the hallmark of this fRamily.
I think of that Travis-Lee and his exuberance and talent and just pure damn love of life.
I think of Chris who showed up out of nowhere to inject our group with his wit and his heart and demonstrating fierce loyalty and love. (I will be blogging soon about our NorCal adventures!)
I think of Jose who didn’t like me when I first got here but who’s become such a loving, reliable friend.
I think of Lynn and Mary Kay—so generous and loving and encouraging. When they love you, you are loved for life.
I remember how David loved us enough to challenge some things about us and in the process made us better people.
I think of other lovely folks like Mark and Kent, Brian and Neal, Dan, Tim, and so many others who joined with us in fram-ship.
I cannot imagine what I could have possibly done in my life to deserve to be surrounded by so.very.much.love. I could have written a blog about every one of you! You have constantly encouraged me, influenced me, and lifted me up. And I cannot imagine packing up and leaving you all behind, even if it’s temporary…and especially if it is not.
Yet I know that not one of you precious, loving, wonderful human beings will ever be far away. Always in my heart, and you in mine.
5. a friend closer than a brother