Monday, February 16, 2009
This week is Tara's birthday. And Tara is the kind of friend, that every now and then, deserves a post in her honor. Heck, she deserves parades in her honor, but I have to reasonable.
About 9 years ago Tara told me she started stamping. Tara, you see, was my cool friend. She knew who sang the cool music. She knew movie star trivia. If I needed obscure pop culture facts, Tara was my girl. So when she tried to explain her new hobby, I was so confused that I did what all good friends do, I teased her. I mean, it just didn't make good sense. You don't go to a Guster concert and come home and stamp.
Turns out though, you do.
Before I knew it I had jumped ship. I stopped teasing and started stamping. And I loved it. We would get together for stamping weekends. We would send each other very cool mail.
Now we are at very different places. I, for one, am at home, raising a small family in the middle of a big, blustery city. She is still cool, a very involved, full-time aunt to 4, and works as a videographer in the suburbs of New England. I spend lots of time on creative efforts and Tara does not (well, besides her job I guess...). She has her reasons, some of which are good, and some of which are terrible.
When I made Tara her birthday card it was one of those creative sessions when I found myself in the groove. I had so many ideas that I had to pick and choose. Oddly, none the ideas involved stamping. I was feeling jazzed and confident about how awesome her card would be. And, because it is Tara's birthday card, it has to be awesome.
I think lots of creative people have their creative peers. Their friends that inspire them to try new things get better and better at what they do. Friends that they create with and friends that they create for. I think creative people need these creative peers. They need that inspiration and push. It makes creating more fun and it makes the creations better. So much of what I make, I can't wait to show Tara.
So, happy birthday, my friend. I, um, hope you like your card. ;)
Oh. And, in case anyone likes this kind of thing, here is picture of Isaac's very cute and kissable baby foot.