Tuesday, January 04, 2011

EDIE, MY INTERESTING FRIEND

When I first met Edie, I thought, "Isn't she interesting."

And then I thought, "Isn't that an interesting outfit she is wearing."

And then I thought, "That sure is some interesting make-up she wears."

And then I thought, "Those are some interesting books she is reading."

And then I thought, "That food she's cooking sure looks interesting."

And then I thought, "That is some interesting decorating technique."

And then I thought, "That is an interesting way to look at things."

Interesting is my polite word.  I really thought words like crazy, bizarre, clever, out-there, really out-there.  And the truth of the matter is that I love crazy, bizarre, clever, out-there, and really out-there. And that is why I love Edie.
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And what I really think is interesting is that Edie is genuinely comfortable in her interestingness. She really is okay with bringing her kids to school in her pajamas and wearing bright blue eye shadow and reading old theology books and hanging a crazy-colored lizard on her wall and giving up a medical practice to be a homemaker and wearing knee socks and cowgirl boots. And because she is so okay with it, you can't help but to not only be okay with it, but to applaud her for it. And you can't help but to be challenged to explore and enjoy your own interestingness--It's as if she has given you permission and is on the sideline cheering you on.

And that is what I love about her.  She always has a good word to say--an encouraging word.  One of the best compliments I ever got was after she visited my home for the first time.  She said and I quote, "You have inspired me, and it takes a lot to inspire me."   I was so excited.  She made me feel interesting or was it crazy or clever or out-there?
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Now we may not be able to pull off what Edie can in dress or decorating or make-up--and that is okay.  We can all, however, celebrate what makes each of us interesting.  Edie would like that.

Happy birthday, friend, and thanks for sharing your interestingness. I am blessed to have met you and look forward to learning along with you on the journey of restoration. 
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13 comments:

sissie said...

I love all of my friends that are just a "little" off the beaten track! Quirkiness, silliness and just being themselves are the ones I like the most.

Your friend Edie sounds like a real gem. I know you treasure her friendship.

hugs
Sissie

slommler said...

I love her already!! Happy Birthday Edie!! May you have a fabulous celebration!!
Hugs
SueAnn

patty said...

denise- i love your post-it made me laugh and i don't know if it's because of what you said or the fact that i can almost hear you saying it!! thank-you for linking this, for your words and for {that shot of lexi! i've never seen it!} your great photos. love 2 u,

Kolein said...

Denise, that's what I think about YOU. Interesting.

Love,
~Kolein

And yes, I love Edie too, after reading this.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I think this is my favorite of all the linked-up posts! And I know, we're not supposed to have favorites...that's not what it's all about. What can I say? I'm a rule-breaker. ;)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

She won my heart in one day of reading....

Susan Beth said...

Oh I love how you have honored your friend. I can think of several women whom I would like to profile like that. Very interesting! I love interesting!

KimSetser said...

I remember both of you from our little local bloggers' tea party, and I remember the banter between you two, something like "we can't ALL be an Edie!" It was clear to me that you were my kind of people :)...nice tribute (or should I say interesting an witty)?

edie said...

you are my friend and teacher.
i am full of thankfulness for you, for how you've inspired and taught me about so many things.
this post makes me laugh, makes me cry, blesses me so.
love you.
thank you.
edie

Love Being a Nonny said...

I too love Edie...though we have never met. It was my goal in 2011 to go to Blissdom....and I googled it and realized it is THIS month. It is on my calendar for next year. I just found your blog. We have so much in common. I am a mom of three and Nonny to three. I am 53, so we are close in age...I think. Anyhoo, love your blog and am your latest follower!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Such a sweet message. Reading all of Edie's posts makes me wish she was MY best friend too. :)

Thanks for honoring someone very special in your life, Denise. It's nice to hear those words when we're alive, isn't it?

Go compliment a friend today, friends! Tell them you love them.

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Robin said...

Brilliant!!

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

I have heard a lot about Edies great loss. WHat is she doing now? Where is she living? Will she rebuild?