Thursday, January 20, 2011

Carrie

Carrie is one of my dearest local gal-pals.  I've been contemplating a post about Carrie for a LONG time, but this recent facebook status post (of hers) blasted me into "I'm so glad to have Carrie in my life . . . ." and that prompted this post. 

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE...Getting back up is LIVING.........♥

And I have this story . . .  my Carrie story.  Every now and then a story comes along that really defines a person.  It's the fiber of their morals and is a testament to their type and personality.  This is that story for Carrie. 

Carrie is a teacher friend.  Last summer, she was searching for a little couch type furniture piece to use in her room . . . a reading center or something.   At any rate, she located this little couch on CraigsList, called about it and set an appointment for pickup.  When she arrived, however, the couch was not clean, as it was posted.  It was maybe not from a smoke free home, as it had been posted.  It probably wasn't from a pet free home, as it had been posted.  Instead, it was a filthy, sad little hunk of junk in condition barely suitable for donation.   But, the chit-chatter that Carrie is, she talked to the owner and gathered quite a sob story . . . . single mom needing money for food, selling things to make ends meet, just laid off . . . whatever the story.  Instead of walking away from the dirty little couch that was too gross to use in the classroom, Carrie handed the mom a $20 and hauled the gross little thing off to Goodwill.  

I remember having dinner together at Whole Foods when Carrie told me the story about what she'd done.  I was in shock.  I was in awe.  I was proud of her and in the same instant, compared myself to her actions, thinking, "I never would have done that . . . I would have walked away from that potential puchase in a heartbeat if it wasn't what was advertised."   At any rate, it's the story that defines Carrie, as a person and as my friend . . . . and I love the positive influence that she is in my life (and my family's life.)  I love the practice of treating people well. I love the practice of prayer.  I love the communication.  I love her status.  Don't you??

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