Happy Birthday Kelly Rae

I love a list. Inspired by many, here's a top 10 list I've got on Kelly, who's birthday it is today. Happy Birthday, Kelly!

10. How beautiful she makes the spaces she lives in. Blue walls, framed posters (even in college), gorgeously arranged furniture and decor. She's been letting her artist-self out in fits and starts for years, and I'm so glad she's full-time on it, now. The world is a better place for it.

9. The fact that she says, "Can I just say..." to begin a sentence. Whether it's about the color of her shoe laces or her favorite new song, she begins with "Can I just say that I LOVE brown shoe laces? They are the best thing ever. Seriously." She brings enthusiasm and wonder to the seemingly smallest details of life, thus imbuing everything around her with the same.

8. She's charmed. And she also says, "catnapped." Her kitty Pumpkin Pie was "catnapped!" but Kelly found her a few days later, hanging out in the catnapper's yard.

7. Kelly always tells people how much she loves them, and makes a conscious effort to keep in touch. She sends packages and letters in the actual mail!

6. Kelly and I once hopped in the car and drove to Atlanta from Tallahassee on a total whim, listening to Pavement's "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" the whole 12-hour round trip.

5. Kelly rapidly flutters her eyelashes when she's angry.

4. She's the funniest person who completely never intends to be funny. Or does she?

3. She's an incredible inspiration. The vibrancy of her work coupled with the deep, spiritual inner drive has been amazing to watch. Her transformation from practicality to the risk of her heart's dream has been deeply moving to watch this year.

2. She wore red shoes at her wedding.

1. She laughs like this: "HA!" For real.


kelly rae said…
can i just say, dear ama, that you made me cry. seriously. crying. i read these to john and he said this: "i love ama. you have such great friends." true, true, true. i will never forget so many of our moments, like the time you touched my nose or when we danced and our skirts got all backwards, or the time we played in the fsu fountains or our heart to hearts. you are a dear, dear soul, forever in my life you are!!!!
i can't wait for your birthday coming up!!
i love kelly rae! i love your list! oh, and I love you! xoxo- Maya

p.s. i finally figured out how to put links on my blog page so i linked you! yay!
karen said…
Can I just say that I third this? Kelly is a wonderful inspiring friend and none of us would be the same without her in our lives. Nor would we find ourselves randomly saying, on occasion, "Can I just say..."
We're all so lucky. Can we have another reunion soon? It's been almost two years.
Autrelle said…
beautifulest picture
Autrelle said…
Baby - more.
Keep writing please.
Carmen said…
I know this is an old post, but it was wonderful to stumble across! I adore Kelly Rae! She is such an inspiration to me and I don't even know her.


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