Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Dear Kathleen,

Thank you for a thousand things: for being my sounding board, my voice of reason, my calm in many storms.

Thank you for loving my husband and children as much, and at times more, than I do.

Thank you for getting me off my butt and on the streets where under our feet pavement is pounded and the world's problems neatly solved.

Thank you for spending one morning a week, for six years running, with Rojo.

Thank you for reminding me every April that he has seasonal allergies, and that's why he gets weird.

Thank you for reassuring me when I come up against marital hot spots that we've been there before, and we'll be there again. And more importantly, that we'll move through and be okay.

Thank you for showing me what's beautiful, right and good about organized religion.

Thank you for accepting my one foot in and one foot out approach.

Thank you for being a living, breathing example of grace.

Thank you for normalizing my life, my racing mind, me.

Thank you for being my cliche, the wind beneath my wings, as well as what grounds me.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.



Anonymous said...

we get what we give, carrie. not the least bit surprised you have such a wonderful friend.

(happy birthday, kathleen!)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Carrie, I'm so glad you have a rare friend/angel combo in your life. Kathleen sounds like one of the biggest blessings to be had.

Jerri said...

Happy Birthday, Kathleen. And thanks for all you do for Carrie.

Maddy said...

I wish I had one of those. Lucky you [two].
Best wishes

pixiemama said...

Happy birthday, Kathleen.
Thank you.

Drama Mama said...

dear kathleen,

thank you for friendship to carrie.

we all love her so much.

and now we love you, too.

happy birthday.

Michelle O'Neil said...

Aw. So nice to have a visual on St. Kathleen! Glad you have her in your life.

Happy Birthday!

Go Mama said...

What a lovely tribute to your beautiful friend.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful letter - how very blessed you are to have a best friend like that!!

Tanya @ TeenAutism said...

Sending my best wishes for a wonderful birthday, Kathleen! You are what we all hope to find - and be!

Anonymous said...

She sounds like a lovely soul. Happy birthday Kathleen.

Deb Shucka said...

What a gorgeous friendship the two of you have. Kathleen is a truly lovely woman who deserves a friend just like you.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Kathleen! Thank you so much for your time with our lovely Rojo. Lucky to have a BFF like you.

kario said...

Happy Freakin' Birthday!

I love that she's there for you and I'm sure that she feels the same way about you (how could she not!?).

Wanda said...

Happy to Kathleen! What a great letter, Carrie. I am glad you have such a friend.

Ask Me Anything said...

Hey, so weird--I asked about Kathleen before I saw this!

She said...

Here's to awesome friends! I'm glad the two of you have each other.