Renewing Mercies…A Little Each Day

Starting over from scratch…sorta

Happy Birthday!


Once upon a time I was a new girl in home room and across the room sat someone who seemed very popular.  All high school is somewhat of a misconception, isn’t it.She was/is truly lovely and I’ve heard her say more than once that she considers herself plain.  A tiny little thing in a giant (green?) J.Crew barn coat with long red hair…everybody knew who Tish was…and for nearly 20 years now (no!) I have called her my dear friend.

Not often have I met someone so giving and loving and selfless.  I could go on and on, and perhaps should, but suffice it to say, she has, especially in the past few years, endured more than her fair share of heartache and loss, and this of someone whom many of us have found impossible not to love.

Alicia Heather Ericson

Alicia Heather Ericson

So, here’s to a new year, a new chapter, may it be full of joy and many good things, good times, love and wonder.  I treasure your friendship, I always have.

Happy Birthday Tish.

Love, Lea

posted under 11/08

2 Comments to

“Happy Birthday!”

  1. On November 17th, 2008 at 8:50 am Tish Says:Thank you. I am sitting here in tears, touched by your kind words. As you know, this year I am 35. UGH. The last special birthday I can remember was five years ago…. My 30th. You and Ali took me to see “Wicked” on Broadway. Turning 30 was for sure a milestone and I felt “old” but I also felt HOPEFUL! I felt like the best was yet to come…. Like soon my “pink” room and/or “green” room sitting empty would be filled with baby furniture and BABIES! No such luck. This year, during a thunder storm, I began my 35th year. I admit, I do not feel hopeful. Instead I feel nothing but extreme and intense fear. Why fear? My greatest fear relates to simply these questions… Did I already live the best days of my life? Am I destined now to live the rest of my days alone? No husband, no children? Sure I have wonderful, loving friends and a terrific family but all that I have ever really wanted in life {to be a wife and a mom} escapes me, eludes me. I love you Lea and miss you… Can’t wait to see you and meet Ava in the next week or so! Thank you for making me feel like I still matter…..
    PS: The barn coat was black
  2. On December 12th, 2008 at 12:34 am lea Says:It was so great seeing you guys again and spending time just being with you. I went to a cookie swap at a young mom’s “mom’s night out” tonight…and am trying to make friends with new people. Eventually I will, but this sure feels like high school all over again.

    I’m so glad I have old friends…even if we’re far away from each other. I was thinking of our broadway trip the other day too. I love that I have a history with you guys…even if it includes “Mama Leon”, spilled pina coladas, hangovers and being stranded outside JFK because the limo never showed up.

    35 is nothing…you rock it hottie. And I know how you feel…how many years did you guys have to endure me whining about not being married?

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