May 20th, birthday gratitude entry:
There is no shut-off button. I’ve checked. She just goes and goes… kinda like a combo of the Energizer bunny and Mother Teresa.
Generosity in skin.
And it’s no bull shit, either. She’s IT. The authentic, genuine real deal… cares with a passion and an intensity that I think even boggles her own mind. She’s driven to care for others, whether they have two feet and two hands or four furry paws.
She can’t not.
Surely, the incarnation of Generosity.
If she isn’t driving around town on the lookout for a lost pup, she may be organizing a fundraiser for a friend. The U brings so many wild connections her way as she opens herself up to doing whatever is needed. Her stories bring us to tears of sadness but also to those of SMH and WTF. Yup, this is her life.
Ya know, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s not so much Generosity as it is Devotion. Damn, with that chasm of energy, maybe she’s doing double duty and manifesting both. So, she’s the skin-on version of Gen-otion. Or Dev-osity. Whichever, I’m sure we would ALL agree that she has lifted the vibe of our community by gobs and gobs.
Outgoing, loud, and sassy!
And yet, the gentlest soul.
Wife to Dave.
Mom to three beautiful beauties.
Busia (or Musha, hahahahaaaaa.)
Advocate For Those Without A Voice.
If you need anything cleaned, give her a shout. This girl is cray cray on the clean clean. She is full of ideas and laughter, feels just so deeply and wants this world to be one of Peace and Love. Big time.
“So everybody get your shit together and start getting along already.” (I’m sure that’s what she’d say, dust cloth in hand.)
She is part of The Solution.
You won’t find her bitching about what’s wrong… hold on, let me try that again… you will find her bitching about what’s wrong… but she is the FIRST one in line doing something about it, dammit. Got an issue? She’s all in on helping you make it work out. Relentless in her pursuit of a better world for all of us, she uses her gifts and talents to the benefit of us all.
Okay, perhaps I’m a wee biased. She was instrumental in my opening heart and home and the next fifteen years of life to my furbutt, Gia Hope. Looking to Jen, seeing her absolutely shine with happy-happy-joy-joy as she tended to her many dogs, I began to melt, to see that our family would benefit from a furry soul. Patient like you cannot knoooooooow, Jen guided my fearful self through the process of finding just the right furbaby, and walked with me as I began my journey as a fur-mama. It’s been heart-opening. And I have Jen to thank for this.
Shoot, maybe I am yet wrong… maybe she’s actually the Flesh Version of Passionate… hmmm, that would make her a triple-dose. Gen-pass-otion. Or Pass-dev-osity. Or Dev-ero-tion…
Aw, shit. You know what I mean.
Who embodies a heart that is big enough to hold that much Love for that many souls? Jen. Jen does. And, if you know her, you also know I am not waxing dramatic. This girl vibes freakin’ high. She just can’t not. Am I right?!
I really could blab on for the next seventeen years about her amazingness. I’m sure her Mom Mar could as well. What you get with Jen is the real deal. She’s raw. Ain’t gonna sugarcoat her POV. She speaks her mind without apology and without fancy-shmancy. When she enters a room, the vibe goes wild. She lives so intentionally. You can feel her mind clicking, her heart beating; her stories – and they are cray and endless! – stir us to knowing there is Something Wild about this life. That if we are living safe, quiet, mind-your-own-business kinda days, like, wake up ‘cause there’s adventure to be had, people to help and puppies to find, foster, feed, and home.
“Get off yerass and out into the arena, People! This fuckin’ work ain’t gonna do itself. Let’s get this party started. Who’s in with me?!” (I’m sure that’s what she’d say, beer in hand.)
Hours later, we’d find her. She’d be in that arena. Doing the fuckin’ work. Partying. Having the time of her life.
A holy example to us all, indeed.
I’ll end with these souls that ARE her world:
As a thanks to our Jen, please give your furbabe an extra smooch today. And check out Sadies Safe Harbor. They’re doing amazing work and Jen couldn’t be more proud and generous-devoted-passionate about it.
It’s really the least we can do for a soul this fucking wonderful. Her song: Never Gonna Let you Down…. of course.
Jennifer, I love you, my sister.
You. Complete. Me.
Much love & hope,