I realized not too long ago that we talk about Reilly (Mitch's best dog friend) all the time on the blog, but we never mention Reilly's mom, Cris. And since today (Oct. 14) is Cris's birthday, it seems only appropriate that I take a few minutes to share with you just how incredible she is.
Cris was Matt's friend first. She worked with Matt when we first moved to Savannah, seven years ago. But I stole her. She's my friend now. (I like to steal Matt's friends and keep them for myself.) About five years ago Cris and I realized that we both needed a roommate, so we moved into a house together. I'm pretty sure that all of our neighbors thought that we were lesbians (Particularly the old lady next door, Alma, who I'm pretty sure had sex with Elvis. Remind me to tell you later about how Alma made me pick figs for her.). Cris was a great roommate. She's an even greater friend.
Cris is an actual counselor, and she's a great listener, and she gives great advice. She's honest and loyal and smart and not afraid to stand up for what she believes is right. She's open-minded and kind and caring. Cris is more dedicated--to her work, her friends, her family--than anyone I know. For almost twenty years she's worked at a camp hosted by her church, Camp Moja, a summer camp for people with developmental disabilities. Cris is also super organized and adventurous, which means that she's always thinking about and planning her next adventure, whether it's UniverSOUL or kayaking or skydiving or attending random festivals or joining a fantasy football league.
I think the only bad thing I can say about her is that she has terrible taste in movies. (Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Cris? Really?)
The cool thing about being friends with Cris is that it's fun regardless of what's happening. Of course it's exciting to go to the soul circus, but it's just as fun to sit with her at Taco Bell and talk, or to wander around Target buying things we "need."
[all pictures stolen from Cris's Facebook page]
It's cheesy to say, but Cris is one of those people who makes everyone around her better. I'm so fortunate to have been able to steal her from Matt.