Happy Birthday to you! You have been a precious friend for many years.
You made Jonesboro feel like home to us---we really came to feel like
you were family. And I miss you now, even as I am surrounded by family
One of my best memories with you is the Memorial Day weekend we went
down to Pensacola...after a James Taylor concert in Memphis, we drove
late into the night, got a flat tire, stayed at the SEEDIEST hotel I
have ever stayed at (remember they told Joe and James that we couldn't
get an hourly rate?) and then arrived in Pensacola only to learn that
Memorial Day weekend there was the largest gathering of gays and
lesbians in the whole country. What an experience! None of us had ever
seen so many rainbows (remember we had an old sheet with rainbows on
it...nice!), mesh bathing suits, or guys checking out our husbands. That
was probably the least attention you or I ever got on a beach :). Then
we played Catan, of course, in the hotel room. Now that we have kids, I
think we were crazy for staying in the hotel room and not GOING
OUT...but oh well. I remember laughing a lot, eating good food (and some
junk, too), and just having a great time with you guys. The other memory
I will always hold is our weekly dinner/Survivor/Catan tradition. That
kept me grounded and sane for many years, even if it did cause serious
marital tension when Joe creamed us all.
Joe and I were just talking about the impending birth of our third
child---and I said "I wish Dana were here!" Not only so I could take
advantage of your photographic eye in the delivery room---but because
you were a calm, loving presence to me during Rowan's long birth. For
that I will be forever thankful.
Dana--I don't have another friend quite like you. You are spunky,
creative, fun, an initiator, spiritual, silly, thoughtful, loyal....and
I love you dearly.
Dana, Dana, Dana.....Love this girl to pieces, she's my little sugar muffin. She has been there for me through some very difficult times and knew just what to say and when to say nothing at all. When i first met Dana, there was a wall up, that spoke volumes - STAY OUT! lol... But then, I got to know the fun loving, spunky, shoe loving, big hoop wearing, loud mouth, music loving, precious soul that she is and she is now my sister and I love her dearly! Thank you Dana for being there when I needed you, for shedding tears with me and showing that you have a heart full of love and compassion beyond belief! I must admit, that I really wished you would have been in more pain when you got your tat, just because you are such a show off, but at least I got to be there to see a little bit of the pain and get pictures! lol... Thanks for letting me slide through the wall and be a part of your life! I love you girl! Happy Birthday!