this one will be with me for a while…

Some time ago my friends and I discovered that I love when people love each other.  They would often tease me about it and its true though!  My most favorite moments are when I find people taking good care of each other…when my friends give Eric big hugs…and the ultimate is when someone expresses love toward another person and they don’t even realize they’re doing it.

That love for people loving each other plays out in many ways in my life and I’ve realized its manifestation in my job too…connecting employers with people who are in desperate need of a job to sustain their families and often simply connecting people in need with those who can provide a resource.  I love it.

Friday night was a love fest.  A couple of the girls at work (Michele and Sulekha) were sneaky and helped plan a 30th birthday/bon voyage party at my boss Ester’s house on Friday evening.  Eric and I arrived around 7pm and it was nothing but good food and laughter the rest of the night.  For me, I couldn’t have asked for a better going away party…  Of course, not everyone was able to attend BUT to see so many of them come out on a Friday evening – outside of work – was awesome!  And yes, they came out in honour of yours truly. 

I’m not really one to appreciate a lot of attention.  In fact, I was reminiscing recently with my childhood friend Jamie Williams about a birthday dinner my family had at a local restaurant when I was in about 5th grade.  I remember when they began to sing “happy birthday”, I was absoloutely mortified by the attention and hid behind my dad’s chair.  I’ve grown up some since then, I suppose (ha!), and Friday night, somehow I ate up all the attention!  I think it made it easier because to my thorough enjoyment…they loved each others’ company and celebrated so well together.  Eric even came in at one point and said “I’m having so much fun!  Your friends are making me laugh like crazy!” 

Man, to see that makes me feel better about leaving.  Thanks everyone for coming!!!!

August 3rd, 2008

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  • 1. Ester  |  August 4th, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Awwww… sweet, tiana! that’s a totally sweet rendition of the evening. In the aftermath, as I proudly gazed at my cleaned-up kitchen (whew!) and reflected on the many beautiful and funny moments, a profound peace and contentment descended upon my being… :) You’re right, it was simply amazing to see people loved each other (and have fun too).. and especially how they loved you!! YOu are such a gift, I have been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with you…
    Thanks for this and the pics. BTW, you spelled honor with a “u” :) Are you unconsciously getting yourself into the Brit mindset?

  • 2. Leigh Nottingham  |  August 6th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    geez, Tiana, you have me in tears. You are so beautiful and what beautiful people you have been with all these years :) I’m so glad you enjoyed your celebration!! i’m so glad you’re blogging now! :) i love you! I so appreciate you shedding light on the love in the world. see you soon

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