Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dedication: Leigh

I would like to dedicate today's post to my friend, Leigh. Leigh moved to my town in Texas when we were 10. Not only was she a much-needed female addition to our class at school (in our GATE* class, there were only 6 girls and 1,274 boys), she was a Mormon! I was the only Mormon girl in my grade, so the addition of another girl was an event to be celebrated.

And Leigh was cool. She had a big family with a funny mom & dad, obnoxious brothers, and an enchantingly goofy sister. She said what she thought and didn't care if anyone else thought she was cool. That was the coolest thing about her.

Leigh was a great friend to me for one magical school year. But, in the summer between 5th and 6th grade, Leigh's dad was transferred again, and she left. She spent time in Korea and Chicago.

I saw Leigh when she came to town to visit her grandmother, but that wasn't often. I lost track of Leigh until 2005, when she happened to be in town on Christmas the year I had Princess. Seeing her was magical, she looked absolutely beautiful and that big, friendly smile hadn't changed at all.

Leigh and I now keep in touch via Facebook, and I was thrilled to see that she has started writing a blog. It's called "The Domestic Flunky," and, for those of you who haven't noticed it in my reader, give it a go. She is amazing.

You will thank me.


*GATE stands for Gifted And Talented Education. Our school was sort of piloting the GATE program for our district.


Kristina P. said...

I will check her out! Very cool.

Barbaloot said...

How cool that you guys are still in touch...I have no idea where most of my elementary school friends are now.

And were there REALLY that many boys? Cuz I'm pretty sure I would've LOVED that:)

the domestic flunky said...

Deb! You are so sweet. Did you know that you were my first long distance phone call! It's true. And I want you to know that I looked you up a million different ways over the years. Staying in touch has never been my strength, but I think I emailed every chris and joanna gould I could find hoping they would lead me to you! I'm so glad we are back in touch. I wish we lived closer. I really do. (Hey... remember Johnny Tremain and Nathan H.'s handwriting analysis that time *someone* sent him an anonymous note?!?) You are the best.

Debbie said...

How fun! I'll visit her too.

Sneaky Momma said...

Such a great story of friendship...finding each other after all of those years. :)

Boy Mom said...

I love her I have read her entire blog. What a fun picture she paints of the two of you as 5th graders.