When I wrote today's post for the other blog, I was thinking of my friend Jenny. We've been pals for over 25 years. She is a person who knows how to listen and observe actively and, at the same time, to remember to take care of herself. She's not on Facebook, probably never will be, so I'm posting here to send early birthday greetings.
With our respective calendars, we see each other probably only a couple of times a year since she moved away from the neighborhood. That makes each time we do meet even more special: no posturing, no complaining, no bragging. I can remember almost every one of the conversations we've ever had because they represent our shared attempt to understand ourselves and the world better. Her own blog represents what she calls "Reflections on an Intentional Life."
I should note that Jen's the one who encouraged me to sign up for my two 60 mile walks to raise money for breast cancer. She's still doing those annual walks, sometimes walking, sometimes cooking, but she's still making her mark.
Happy birthday, Jen!