I couldn’t wait to see what my book that Ingrid gave me for a “love gift” had to say today on her birthday. The book is The Book of Awakening and I recommend everyone get a copy.
I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These are your greatest tresures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the Source of Being.
God is good because those words could have very easily come out of Ingrid’s mouth.
Today I celebrate the woman I call friend, and oh what a friend she is. I can’t think of another person who has taught me more about life. I can think of people who have judged or tried to get me to do things the way they thought I should, but Ingrid has a way of “teaching” that touches not only your heart but your soul. She can help you to do the right thing without ever telling you what the right thing is. I wish we all had that gift, it’s amazing.
I watch her and Jen together and Iknow God brought them into my life to show me what a mother and daughter relationship is suppose to be about. It’s beautiful. I tease Jen all the time and tell her I hope my girls love me half as much as she loves Ingrid, Jen assures me they do…..the jury is still out on that.
This picture is who this woman is! As we were shaving her head she was telling us how the woman at the wig store told her she had a perfect head, yeap I was there that’s what she told her. I see the gang behind her and her looking in that mirror and thinking, “This aint so bad.” Really? Could you have had that much grit, I couldn’t have and still don’t. She is my hero!!
Ingrid today we celebrate 60 I have no doubt we’ll celebrate 80 in another 20! I love you lady!! Thank you not only for the friendship we share, but for Jen and what she means to me and of course most importantly for the love you show my girl. I have no doubt when she’s a teenager and driving me crazy, you’ll be coming over and rescuing her just like you do Shawn. You’ll be reminding me how I was at that age and that whatever she has done isn’t really that big in the whole picture. See I do listen.
One of my favorite pictures of all times. Mel is a cancer survivor and I knew when she was hugging Ingrid they were both thinking the same thing, “You’ve got this, you can beat it I did.” Truer words were never spoken. From Mel’s lips to God ears.
Ingrid I love you!