Monday, January 19, 2009

Tuesday's Tribute

Tuesday's Tribute
A Jay and Deb Production.

We met when we were in the fourth grade. She's been a great friend for a lot of years. She was the maid of honor in my wedding. Although we only see each other rarely now, since she's moved away, I wanted to let her know her friendship still does mean the world to me and she is the bravest, most charitable, selfless person I know.

In high school, she was a foreign exchange student in Dublin, Ireland amidst the Catholics and Protestants fighting. A junior in high school, and she lived within an earshot of a war zone- in a foreign land!

She convinced me, a self-absorbed college student, to return home from school to help local businesses in our hometown by sandbagging against the rising Mississippi River during the flood of '93.

She has lived and worked in a kibbutz in Israel. She was in Guatemala during catastrophic flooding and landslides. She has helped put out forest fires. She has traveled to places like Africa and Honduras. In her travels, she doesn't live by an itinerary- always staying in hostiles, meeting locals, and learning their way of life. Her personal photo album looks like that of a reporter from National Geographic- she has no fear.

Last night, my friend, you outdid yourself! Stepping foot into my influenza germ-infested house may have been one of the bravest things you've ever done. Thanks for keeping our "date" and hanging out with me and the gang- you're a real trooper!



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15 comments:

Denise said...

Sounds like you have a great friend there!

Under the Influence said...

She sounds great! I wish I was that adventurous.

Ronda's Rants said...

I knew you hung out with class A type people!

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Good friends are priceless...

Annie said...

There is nothing like a good friend!

jill jill bo bill said...

Thank God for good REAL friends. I am so happy for you.

Brittany said...

What a great friend! Awesome ribute girly!

Halftime Lessons said...

My mother always said that the number of best friends you will ever have you will find on one hand.

If she is the only one you ever have, it sounds like you landed a great one.

Great post, Tena...

Jay

Jenni Jiggety said...

Sounds like you've got yourself an amazing friend there, Tena!

bsouth said...

Wow, amazing woman. Very brave to go to your flu house!

Brenda said...

She sounds like a wonderful friend!

Madame Mommy said...

What an amazing friend you have! Lucky you~

Deb said...

and you want us to believe that this incredible gal is friends with YOU?? oh, now, just kidding!!!!! i am not surprised, because anyone would be honored to be friends with you. you two are lucky to have each other (although hopefully she's not leaning over a toilet somewhere right about now).

The Frugal Angel-Guided Psychic said...

Those are our true friends, the ones that can handle our families flu and diapers!

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