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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

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Radio Free Jen

Most of you already know that I am friends with the extraordinary Jen Lemen. Jen is cut from the same template as the little girl who picked me out the first day of preschool to be my friend, guardian and cheerleader. I had barely arrived on the blogging playground when she linked her arm through mine and whispered that we would be best friends. She has an incredibly generous spirit and a heart that broadcasts "I believe in you" on all channels, all the time.

I could give you tons of examples of how Jen is tuned to a different frequency than most. Like when we were at the rooftop cocktail party at the Blogher conference in Chicago this summer. I'm standing around, stuffing my face with canapes, wondering how to meet Rebecca Woolf and if I should guilt my pregnant roommate Alana into giving me her drink ticket, when I notice that Jen already knows the wait staff by name, and country of origin. Or going to another party and finding out later that week that while I was at the wine table, debating white or red, Jen was doing this.

But I like this one the best, from a Saturday morning telephone call, several weeks ago:


Me: Hi! What are you doing?

Jen (breathlessly): I'm driving across town to help a Rwandan genocide survivor escape a domestic slavery situation.

Me: Oh. Well. I'm folding laundry.


I have a feeling if you asked Jen's husband Dave, he'd verify that this is a pretty typical Saturday morning exchange in his household.


There's a great picture of Jen, me, and another of my favorite playground friends on Jen's blog this week. (The talent she refers to in the caption would be my talent for scoring comp drink tickets. Which explains why I don't actually remember this photo being taken.)

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7 Comments:

Blogger Kirsten Michelle said...

lol!!!
oh my goodness...i love this!!!

i haven't found much time to comment these days...but i'm still here, soaking up your amazing talent ;-)
have a great day, kyran!

9:07 AM  
Blogger laurie said...

i love that picture too. i was lucky enough to meet all three of you amazing people in chicago this summer and you quickly rose to the top of my favorite people on the playground list.

yay jen lemen.

9:16 AM  
Blogger jenB said...

I love you, I just do.

11:55 AM  
Blogger LetterB said...

Ahhhh... drink tickets... drool...

What a lovely picture! Jen is an incredibly special creature.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

As a neighbor and friend of the amazing Jen Lemen I enjoyed this post very much. She IS that girl on the playground, isn't she! What a beautiful little tribute to her. Thanks Kyran

5:34 PM  
Blogger littlepurplecow said...

What a great night on that rooftop! Loved being with you and Jen in real life. You realize that this must become an annual thing.... right?

10:29 PM  
Blogger Backpackermomma... said...

I have been reading both you and Jen for months now (found you via comments posted on other blogs I wandered through) and I must say, you are lucky to know each other. I'm jealous (!) and wish I knew such talented and insightful women locally to share with. If either of you are ever up in Manitoba...

8:53 PM  

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