at the end of the day

last night, jess visited me.
she and i have been friends since 6th grade...when she convinced me to perm my hair with her. which was a mistake. but one that brought us together. 
she's been a favorite ever since. 

this morning i woke up bright and early and made french toast with reneé.
she's a fabulous person -- really sincere and genuinely kind, and full of passion and energy and drive. 

she's roommates with kim,
whose contagious happiness and optimism is unstoppable. if kim believes in you, you can do anything.

then i watched brooke perform at the farmers market. 
brooke is a true friend, through and through. she'll stand up and fight for any friend in need, and won't be ashamed to do so.

i met up with tricia and her husband logan
whom i have had the blessing of knowing for quite some time (tricia has been a best friend since high school -- logan is a newer addition but i couldn't have hand-picked a better companion for her).  among many other things, they are willing to put themselves second to a friend in need. which happens often. and they do it together.

we explored the farmer's market --

and saw chilcoat there! he was my 8th grade history teacher
...whom i hadn't seen since early high school. he always encouraged me to pursue art, and was contagiously passionate about school and especially history. 
i've never thought of the jfk assassination the same way since. 

tricia and logan and i had amazing sandwiches. 

then i came home
decided not to hike the Y with my ward
because i'm very much injured from the last hike 
but didn't regret that hike  
at all
[see previous post]

and attended a wedding reception for tim and lyndsie.
i don't know her well but she has a nice smile. he is very intelligent and willing to help.

there, i saw mark, brooke (again), gina and rocio -- 
and this group is so solid. always there for each other and always so much fun. inclusive and caring. 

talked with jeff on the way back 
who is like a male-version of me. so we get along pretty ploxily. he provides perspective and empathy and a shoulder to cry on and someone with whom to laugh 

then i drove to another wedding reception with my friend and old roommate whitney
who is level-headed and so wonderfully supportive of her friends. and of people in general. she's always up for adventure.

the wedding reception was for aubrey
who is one of the sweetest, most thoughtful people i know

came back and saw whit's roommate/my old roommate/our dear friend carolyn
who is loving and down-to-earth and a wonderful listener

and now i'm off to do stuff with mama. 
who has always been there for me. kind, loving, supportive, tons of fun. she's just so good. it's nice to be with her.
at the end of the day, my to-do list doesn't have a lot of checkmarks on it...but i feel like the way my day went, my time was spent productively.

i realized something. i realized that one of my favorite things about my life is, by far, the people in it. God is so good to bless us through other people. i feel like my time is best spent when i'm in the company of someone i love, whether it be a someone or lots of someones. i know that most have already come to this realization and it's pretty cliché, but -- 

in the end, people matter.  

note: this was an account of one day which brought with it these certain people. there are obviously other days and other wonderful people in my life.  lest anyone feel left out. :)


Jacob said...

So,do you try to live your life like free-form poetry, or does it just read that way? I love reading about what you do!

--jeff * said...

sounds like a seriously dang day.

and i love that you could not only recognize that, but acknowledge that it was the people that made your day what it was.

way to be awesome.


Happy Tabby said...

I feel you bring out the best in people. Which would explain how not only do you make their day, but they make your day as well! :)

Jenny said...

I agree with Happy Tabby. Indeed, you bring out the best in people (maybe one of those expressive attributes that is so essential for us analyticals who need someone to help bring out our expressive side:) I appreciate your blog, and your descriptions of the uniqueness of each of the people you encountered and spent time with in your day. Once again, writing in such a manner is a great talent of yours (that expressiveness coming out one again ;) It is so inspiring and makes life so much more interesting. Thanks for sharing, and you are so right about the people in our lives.

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