In honor of Leigh Brooks, someone I am eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to share a small part of my world.
When Ms. Leigh turned 40 I racked my brain thinking about something to “give” to her, not monetary as those things are easy. Here were my 40 reasons why Leigh Brooks meant so much to me, then and now:
Everyone is beautiful at sixteen by nature of design… being beautiful at forty comes from within. You continue to be beautiful.
Grace comes from strength under pressure. You continue to be graceful.
Love, like the Beatles said, is only love when you give it away. You continue to share love.
Children reflect their parent’s strengths. Yours are full of laughter.
Sometimes you are my guilty pleasure at work.
Imagination puts every single thing in living tech-no-color. You are now old enough to remember that term.
Kindness does not come naturally. You are now officially “old” and kind. Makes you say, ahhhhhhhhhh.
Life is possessed by tremendous tenacity. You have the tenacity to live.
The earth, time, and patience often need a little tending. You remind me to strive for this, but I doubt I ever recycle ink cartridges.
An unhappy person is more uncommunicative. You are a happy human being.
Sometimes people just need to be. You do not hesitate to just be the presence for others.
The calm before the, what? My brain often works like a search engine bouncing around from one mental picture to another. You can gather, focus and redirect my thoughts.
I do not believe that families are blood relatives. Sometimes people come in our lives and love you when no one else will. You are good family.
Ethical behavior is grounded in compassion, nurture and social bonds. You have empathy and the need for beauty and harmony.
Remember my parable about being cool to the pizza dude as it is a practice in humility and forgiveness? It is a practice of honor and honest hard work. You take your responsibility and job with respect.
It is necessary that every human shall be able to say and do what he/she wishes so their contribution is recognized. You understand that everyone is unique.
People are good. Do bad things but are good. You remind me if life was meant to be easy there would be no mistakes.
Words are easy, meaning them… not always so much. You have a gift of making every one feel they are important enough and offer the gift of “I will listen.”
Your love of monkeys makes me smile.
Lincoln said, “I shall do nothing in malice” You share that with Lincoln.
There is music in your being, song in voice. You sing because you want to, which makes others smile.
When devastating news became your reality, You never lost sight that tomorrow would be another day. For me a better day because you were in it.
Whenever I find a penny, Your saying of rusty nails and sweaty boys comes to mind. Images that we agree upon.
On the pendulum swing of life You have the ability to focus on what is important to You, which often gives me perspective.
“No road is long with good company.” You have made this journey better, thanks for coming along for the ride.
Sometimes You remind me when it is ok to have the courage to sit down and listen instead of stand up and speak. You and Churchill must be kindred souls.
Most of my memories of the ‘Tops are of the people that were a part of the experience. You are an important part of that memory.
There are so many free gifts in this world… time, listening, respect, laughter and a smile. You often remind me by actions not words to give freely.
Ego is a tough cookie to crack. You give me the freedom to just be.
Dancing backwards has never been a strong suit for me. You give me the ability to let someone else lead. Maybe it doesn’t take two to tango, but it sure helps.
Caring about what someone else cares about is true giving. You give and it is much appreciated.
For some of us the world is a mass of infused color. You have a color coded system in your brain, which is humorous to me.
Every now and then, You will share a Texas slang that pours from those Louisiana lips that always makes me giggle.
You are the only person I have ever known from the Mother land to the east that does not eat red beans.
What do Hot Yoga and monkeys have in common? A mental image only You will understand.
Encryption and decoding are a special skill. Thanks to You my “writing while driving” is coherent.
Everyone should have someone in their lives that will not pass judgment. You play an important role in mine.
Sometimes the sound of a snort coming from Your desk, muffled in laughter makes the day complete.
The thought of You riding like a shitzu hound around the block is relaxing, even from my desk.
Your ability in talking me down the hill, literally and figuratively is a wonderful thing.
If the sound of Fleetwood Mack blast through my speakers, You are who I think about…..even if Stevie Nicks queered the band for me.
Why can You never find a pencil at your desk…oh wait, they are in my hair or my drawer at home, or my car.
It is a rare thing for someone other than Darling to see tears (happy or sad) run down my face. Thank You for giving me that comfort zone.
November 22, 1971 – April 23, 2014. You taught me so much and I loved you so much, Lou
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