I have a good friend that I talk with regularly, but whom I haven’t spoken with in many years. Her name is Lacy. Her (now) husband Scott and I played Soccer together at Portland State, and I got to know her when we would both walk down from Goose Hollow to our respective jobs in Pioneer Place Mall (hers answering phones and providing customer service at
Saks Fifth AvenueNordstrom, mine working as a stock manager at Victoria’s Secret).
Lacy didn’t need me to walk her the ten city blocks, which she made expressly clear the first time I accompanied her, but I was welcome as long as I stayed out of her way. This might sound a bit harsh, but there’s another detail, Lacy was born without functioning optical nerves. She is utterly and completely blind.
A few years after we all left college, Lacy was fortunate enough to be selected for partnership with a seeing-eye-dog named Justice, but at the time she was making her way confidently down Salmon Ave to the rhythmic tapping of her cane, counting off the streets, and listening for the crossing signal at every intersection. It was a point of pride that she didn’t NEED anyone to get where she was going.
Some old stories, a TED talk, and a new feature…
First, the unimportant bit:
We’re finally here in Atlanta, weather isn’t that bad, the new office is nice and I’m as busy as I’ve ever been.
Second, the very important bit:
A big wish for a very happy birthday goes out to to Tiffany at Snerkology. Â I’ve been reading her blog frequently for what is starting to feel like many years. Â Tiffany is great at many things, not the least of which are amusingÂ anecdotesÂ about life andÂ craziness; but she alsoÂ excels at photography, and describing delicious food and how to make it, and delightful twitter moments that make me snerk-out-loud in airport terminals at inappropriate times.
What I find so delightful about Tiffany is that she writes in such a way that I always come away from her postsÂ absolutelyÂ convinced that her and her husband would be exactly the kind of people I’d want to hang out with. Â And her sense of humor. Â It cuts like a wicked blade both ways, especially in 140 character chunks. Â The world needs more of that when it’s done with so much aplomb and grace. Â And snerk.
I admit that had it not been for an announcement by TB I wouldn’t have known theÂ significanceÂ of today, and I can only guess at her age, but based on the freshness of her life outlook and the photographic evidence, I can only assume she’s turning 29 today. Again 😉
Wonderful wishes going out to Tiffany and her husband as they wander through Maine on vacation and enjoy a special day.