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In A World...

...where people can be selfish, where people can get easily distracted, where people can flake on you, it's amazing to find that one person who will never does, and will never be.

I'm the type of person that lets very few people into the "inner circle." I subscribe to the Anne Shirley method of friending: only the Tribe of Joseph are allowed in, but still be friendly to all. I like to have a small group of close girlfriends, people I know that I can absolutely trust. (I'm actually quite shy and nervous around lots of people.) Over the many years of my life I've had few "bosom friends" (again, I'm living an Anne Shirley appreciation life) and they've all been amazing women and men.

But sometimes there's that one person that you click with, that one person who not only gets it, who understands your references and jokes (wow, is that huge for me), but is someone who you could stay up for hours talking with and not run out of things to gab about. More amazing is when that person inspires you to be a better person. When that person - just by who they are and how they carry themselves through life - inspires you to be your best in order to be worthy of that friendship.

That, my online friends, is something rare and wonderful. flaming_muse is that person for me, and after we spent a few years dancing around the edges of fandom, barely knowing one another, we finally started talking in comments. Which quickly moved to email, which quickly moved to going on trips together, sharing our triumphs and sorrows as mothers and wives and women who want to create and be happy. Not a day goes by that we don't speak, and not a heartache or triumph in my life happens without her holding my hand through it.

I'm a better person for having her in my life. I'm a better writer, a better mother, and a better friend. I'm so grateful for her friendship, I can barely put it to words. And today, on her birthday, I want to gush and throw a metric ton of love her way, because she deserves it. She's an amazing mother, as you all know, and an amazing person. She's talented, beautiful, thoughtful, unbelievably intelligent, kind, and giving. It seems unfair for her to be giving me all of that gift of friendship on her birthday, but that's the kind of person she is. :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY DEAR FRIEND, FLAMING MUSE. Love you.

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flaming_muse
Aug. 19th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
(Is it wrong that I started off reading this post in an internal movie announcer voice? "In a world where sentient slugs have become humanity's overlords, only one brave woman and her salt shaker stand between us and utter annihilation...")

But seriously, this post made me cry. I love you. I love YOU. You're such an amazing friend and inspirational person. Thank you. <3
stoney321
Aug. 19th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, OF COURSE YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT VOICE! :D And I knew you would, too. Hee.

1) I cackled at the shaker of salt and utter annihilation.

2) I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH. And I mean every word from the bottom of my heart. <3
beadattitude
Aug. 20th, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
Awesome women , both of you. Beware the salt hacker of DOOM.
fabrisse
Aug. 19th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
What a lovely tribute.
stoney321
Aug. 19th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
Not have as lovely as the recipient, I can testify! :)
maplelump
Aug. 19th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
Awww!!! That's such a sweet message! Happy birthday Flaming Muse!!!
stoney321
Aug. 19th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
You should poke her and send her wishes, on the chance she doesn't scroll through comments! <3
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stoney321
Aug. 20th, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
HEAR, HEAR!
sheafrotherdon
Aug. 19th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
\o/ Oh, the Tribe of Joseph. And exactly where would any of us be without the ability to describe our days as Jonah Days? ♥

In my research, there's a young woman called Josette Pyant who keeps cropping up in various documents. The urge to transcribe it as Josie Pye, every time, is overwhelming :D
stoney321
Aug. 20th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, the Jonah Days!! Sleeping in only the sparest of rooms! Lake of Shining Waters! Oh, Anne, how I love you.

Ahahaha, I would have a hard time not calling her Josie Pye, too! (Dare her to walk the ridge pole of a roof!)
kseenaa
Aug. 19th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
Friends like that you hold on to. Very tightly. :-)
stoney321
Aug. 20th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
Truth! <3
ladycyndra
Aug. 19th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
(I'm actually quite shy and nervous around lots of people.)

Me too!! Ugh I struggle with that everyday. You are so, so lucky to have such a wonderful person and best friend in your life. NEVER LET HER GO!! =)
stoney321
Aug. 20th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
I have no plans to let her go! Or out of my basement. O_O

Ha.
lynnenne
Aug. 20th, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
Awwww. I'm so happy you have a BFF to lean on. <3
stoney321
Aug. 20th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
ME. TOO. <3 <3 <3
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Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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