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.
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?
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.