Monday, June 6, 2011

in full bloom

If friends are flowers, Katie is a bright pink peony. The kind you dream about all year until it bursts into joyful bloom sometime around June. Just by being in it, she makes a garden of delight out of this old life. A bouquet of us daisies and day lilies, gardenias, hollyhocks and hydrangeas gathered to celebrate her last Saturday and here's a petal or two of why we love her so much and why - if you knew her - you most certainly would, too:

1. she's a fabulous writer . . . getting a note from her is like a present
2. she thinks teenagers are especially wonderful creatures (which makes her an extraordinary high school guidance counselor and a saving grace to beleaguered parents)
3. she puts her whole heart into each moment
and what she's doing in it
4. she loves her children and husband madly . . .
and her University of Virginia Cavaliers
5. she has a wicked sense of humor and loves to laugh,
especially at herself
6. she makes you feel like the most important person in the world
when you're in her presence . . . and even when you're not
7. she's a high-beam flashlight during any dark night of the soul
8. she's got a wellspring of loving goodness inside
that never seems to go dry
9. she doesn't get caught up in the pettiness of this world,
which makes her a bit of heaven

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