21 May 2009

THE WRITTEN WORD: Friends see our rough drafts

My friend Logan and I met when I was a freshman and she was a sophomore in college. We were English majors and had major fun playing Scrabble at the laundromat. In this photo, we're skiing Vail, where she makes her home with her family. She's recovering from an ACL repair, but we plan to be on the slopes together again next season. Logan sent me this touching quote today, and I wanted to share it with you.

“What do we affect during our lifetime? What, ultimately, is our legacy? I believe, in most cases, our legacy is our friends. We write our history onto them, and they walk with us through our days like time capsules, filled with our mutual past, the fragments of our hearts and minds. Our friends get our uncensored questions and our yet-to-be-reasoned opinions. Our friends grant us the chance to make our grand, embarrassing, contradictory pronouncements about the world. They get the very best, and are stuck with the absolute worst, we have to offer. Our friends get our rough drafts. Over time, they both open our eyes and break our hearts.

“Emerson wrote, ‘Make yourself necessary to someone.’ In a chaotic world, friendship is the most elegant, the most lasting way to be useful. We are, each of us, a living testament to our friends’ compassion and tolerance, humor and wisdom, patience and grit. Friendship, not technology, is the only thing capable of showing us the enormity of the world.”
Steven Dietz, Playwright


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