You know those birthday cards for kids: Someone Fun Is Turning One! And then they have this kind of half-cute, half-scary puppy dog/teddy bear/bunny mutant holding a big number 1 on the front?
Yeah, well mine is better.
Today is the day that we celebrate the 35th anniversary of when the lovely, amazing, beautiful, talented, intelligent, wonderful, incredibly kind, and very righteous saradraws, of Laments and Lullabies, made her debut into this world.
And with this picture, I fell in love with her.
I only met Sara fairly recently, and “only” online, so all I can do is wish and wonder what if we had met years ago. Which, I don’t do what ifs, so this part is necessarily short-lived. But basing it on what I have come to know in her, I think it would have been some pretty good times for both of us. Though ultimately I suspect I would have come off better in the past, as she could have bought me alcohol (for a little while, anyway).
Honestly, I just feel so incredibly blessed that I know her now, and proud that I can call her my friend. I can call you my friend, right Sara? I thought so.
So, about Sara. There is so much good material, but where to start is very easy for me. It is her compassion, her concern, her reaching out to support me, and answering a random email early in our acquaintance even though she only had ten minutes left on the library computer. Yes, I remember that. I always will.
She’s funny as hell. She thinks of the things I want to say, and makes me burst out with laughter by putting her own special twist on them.
She is such a wonderful, concerned, educated, and most importantly, loving parent. I haven’t ever watched her in action, but that is something I know not only from conversations, comments, and pics, but I can just feel. And having been a nanny in another incarnation, I am professionally qualified to make these assessments (I’d show you my credentials, but they both have school in the morning).
And she disarms you. She has this sixth sense for cottoning on to when you need someone most, and suddenly you realize that she was exactly that person you didn’t know you needed.
She is woman, in the most complete sense of what it should be, possibly more than anyone else I have ever known (myself very much included)
There is so much that is obvious that I haven’t touched upon. I dunno, to me it’s a bit like gilding the lily to talk about her amazing talent with words and with pen/pencil/paint/fancy computer stuff. . . I know nothing about how she does what she does with art (it’s magic!), but I know what makes it so special. It’s Sara coming through. The same as when she writes, whether it’s something that makes me laugh or something that makes me rethink my worldviews. Sometimes both, which is something, let me tell you.
She is beautiful, inside and out. Breathtaking. Also, I am in awe of her hair.
I missed things, wonderful amazing things, because how do you sum up the essence of a person in one short post? But wait. I did leave something very important out. She is brave.
Sara, you are so brave, so very strong, in a way that few people will ever know. Quite possibly you don’t even realize it. But you are fighting dragons most people can’t even imagine. And yet you don’t have the luxury to imagine them, you know them intimately and you stand and face them. And you will win. I have every faith in the world that you will win. And ask anyone who knows me, my faith has yet to be misplaced. And I am honoured (with a “u”) to fight those dragons with you, when I can.
Many happy returns of this day to you.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. ~ Anais Nin
I hadn’t time to draw you a new party hat, so you shall have to make due with one from the Canvas celebrations. It’s only slightly used. :)
And remember, it’s Sara, sans “h”. Don’t use the “h”, I hear it’s quite fatal.
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