I've received some wonderful awards from dear friends recently. I am truly touched that you thought of me when passing them on and am so grateful for your friendship. Thank you. It was a tough decision to make (and I hope my friends will forgive me for this), but I've decided, rather than pass them along en masse, I will pass along just one.
This one is meaningful to me in three profound ways. Firstly, it was created in honor of Renee, one human being who has made such a difference in the lives of many just by being. Her honestly, wit, intelligence, and grit are a tremendous source of inspiration. She can elicit raucous laughter and guffaws in her banter, and then turn right around and offer the most heartfelt, gentle words of wisdom and emotional support. She is a spreader of love, simple and true. And her love is infectious.
Secondly, this award was created in collaboration with one of my best friends, Ces. She is, in Renee's own words, truly original. She is an incredible artist, both in pen and ink and paint. She is fiery passion with a gentle hand. She is laughter, fun, joy, intellectual stimulation, a sister. The concept and design of the award belong to Ces.
Thirdly, this is a brand new award, and I have the pleasure and honor of spreading the seed, watching it grow. I hope it finds its way to those who are like Renee: the acorn, a small package becoming a tall and sturdy oak giving more acorns, becoming tall and sturdy oaks, giving acorns…
I present this award to my partners in crime:
And to my forever friend and source of artistic inspiration,
And to some amazing friends who I feel truly embody the spirit of Renee. I see their loving, encouraging words almost everywhere I go. Their comments make me laugh and smile and give me warmth. Their acorns are plentiful.
Please accept this award and pass it along to others whom you feel are also spreaders of love.