L is for Leah
L is for Leah.
I tried to fix it — but the more I tried to fix it, the more I wrecked it.
Leah is a doctor, a pediatrician. I’m sure she know the ins-and-outs of stethoscoping. And dealing with wiggly little monkeys. Hence the collage.
I know from experience that she is a good listener. She listens with intensity, watching my face, studying my eyes — and she doesn’t ask easy questions or accept easy answers.
No how-are-you-I’m-fine conversations. There’s always depth.
My favorite conversation with Leah went something like this.
Me: Blah-blah-blah-yadda-yadda-yadda-really-really-dirty-ugly-laundry… Do you still like me?
Leah: I love you even more.
A friend like that is the most precious thing ever.
This group of ladies, all of whom I initially met at Hutchmoot, is like that. Leah is the one sitting on the bench in a light blue shirt.
I’d like to photoshop a few more people in —
- Alyssa R, who knows my deepest thoughts, sorrows, failures, and joys, and still loves me
- Dawn, who monitored this very blog for troll poop so I wouldn’t have to deal with it
- Laura B, who told me her superpower was encouragement, and she wasn’t making it up
At the Laity Lodge Rabbit Room retreat, we were asked something about what we liked best about the Rabbit Room — maybe that wasn’t even the question, I don’t know — but I bumbled out an answer that probably didn’t make much sense. Here’s what I was trying to say —
The greatest gift the Rabbit Room has given me is friendships. It’s people with whom I can be totally honest and vulnerable, and still safe and loved.
Everyone needs a Leah.
And a Kim.
And some Lauras.
And some Kristens.
And Alyssa, Katie, Janna, Ashley, Rebecca, Kelli, Jenny, Jennifer, and the list could go on and on.
Everyone needs an honest place — for sharing and for listening.
The bonus with Leah (and this is the real measure of our friendship) is — SHE’S GOING TO TRAVEL WITH ME TO CROATIA AND BOSNIA THIS SUMMER!!!
Lion from Richard Scarry’s Best Story Book Ever
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