Wow, I guess I am doing a series. I'm impressed. The second installment in my "People I admire" series will focus on my friend Linda.
Linda and I met waaay back in the dark ages, when dinosaurs ruled the earth and we were in high school. Reagan was president and I actually wore legwarmers to football games. It was the 80's. We were both freshmen and had 2nd period PE. I think it was 2nd period. Anyhow, we had PE together, and as neither of us were particularly athletic, we gravitated together. I'll never for the life of me figure out why, in these PE classes for non-athletes, they insisted on having us play team sports. We don't do well in them anyhow, why make us feel even worse about ourselves by trying to get us to play them. I guess now they do other things like aerobics and stuff, but when we were in high school, we did basketball and volleyball and it was demoralizing (except for the rock concerts out on the tennis court).
Linda and I had a pretty typical high school experience. We were best friends, we passed notes (this was shortly after paper was invented, long before text-messaging) in every class, we drove all over creation in her little blue Toyota Celica, we sent shopping, we watched General Hospital and pretended she was Celia Quartermaine and I was Holly Scorpio. We had crushes on boys and went to football games.
After we graduated, even though we went to different colleges, we still kept in touch. I was maid-of-honor at her wedding and she was matron-of-honor at mine. We e-mail constantly and get together whenever we can.
There are many reasons I admire Linda. One reason is that she has strong beliefs. Of course, her faith is strong, but she is also very passionate about homeschooling. She loves it and believes it is the best thing for her kids and her kids are thriving in it. But, she's not dogmatic about it. Some homeschoolers think that homeschooling is the only way and people who don't do it are really going to screw up their kids. But, Linda's not like that. Linda's also passionate about healthy eating and living. She's even gone political with the whole Raw Milk Movement. I think that's so great.
Another thing I admire about her is her strong committment to her family and her marriage. In a day and age where marriages are falling apart right and left, and women are trying to "find themselves" outside their marriage and family, Linda is committed to her family and her husband.
Something else I admire about her is that she and I are still friends. She has such good taste. No, just kidding. She is a very faithful friend. She is completely loyal and I know I can tell her anything and she'll still like me.
Lifelong friends are hard to come by, but I must say, I'm one of the lucky ones who found a lifelong friend in Linda.
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