There are just so many great people that I am leaving behind in Louisville. Brittany and Darren are two of the best.
In all the craziness that has been the last year of my life, I have had a group of people that have come around me and given me wise counsel, solid support, and much needed laughter. This group is a mishmash of different backgrounds, philosophies, and life stages. There is just something awesome about sharing your life with people that are so different than you. But what we do have in common is the most important thing. Community Group sure is beautiful.
Who is Chris Bennett really? I am not sure that I know. I know things about Chris. He is a wonderful musician, an excellent cook, well read and learned. There is a deepness to him – one which I have only skimmed the surface. I like this about him. He holds your attention and keeps you guessing. What an interesting man.
I remember seeing Mary Margaret around – at coffee houses, at sojourn, at shows – and thinking “man, I want to be that girl’s friend.” She just looked so cool and interesting. Well, I was not disappointed when I finally met her. I can now say that is girl is not only my friend, but a sister.
Mary Margaret has some amazing idea in that pretty little head of hers. Check out her blog Fly Away Fox.
“I am standing in the wake of my destruction!” Curtis exclaims as he walks away from an abandoned construction site. This is Curtis, a most ridiculous friend. Could we call Curtis extreme? Maybe. He is one of the toughest people I know, he also has one of the hugest hearts. He pursues things with passion, whether it is an adventure raise, his job, or helping a friend. To take Bailey’s words: “What A Man.”
The Kentucky country side is the most beautiful land I will ever see. I have driven through almost every state in this country, and I know that there are some amazing views and picturesque landscapes. But the tie that I have because Kentucky is my home will trump all other rolling hills, evergreen forests and rocky shore lines. This weekend I was able to look out at the green Kentucky farmland from the front porch of an old farm house in Cane Valley. Some of my closest friends met me there to spend a weekend together before I leave. My heart had a hard time handling the combination of the joy of such love and beauty and the sadness of our soon separation.
The Cassins are a couple that singles dream of befriending. Intelligent, smart, and fun – they are not wrapped up in their relationship to the point where they disregard the social joys of others. Individually, Jessica and Dan have unique interests and viewpoints. Together, we get to witness a discourse that is witty, insightful, and challenging. But the best part is that they let you in on that discourse. They have this beautiful little world that they share with each other, and they want you to share it with them too.
What better way to send someone off then with bratwursts and sparklers? Tim is leaving us for Alaska. We will miss his skinny jeans and horn rims, his slyness and his humor, his handsome and his heart. He will miss our community, our togetherness. So this is how we leave him – baked-beans, strawberry pie, corn-hole, fireworks, and a late night circle of folding chairs.