7.31.2011

Maya

maya

364 days after I was born, in the very same city where I was born, my friend Maya was born. It took us over 30 years to find each other, despite our proximity, but it wasn't long after we met that we discovered our birthplace was only the beginning of our similarities. We both grew up loving stationary and detesting school. We both left school early and married young. Fortunately, we both chose our mates well. We're both autodidacts, over-thinkers, designers, Avalonians at heart, and procrastinators (but that's only because we work best under self imposed pressure). But perhaps our most important similarity was revealed by her answer when I asked her why I found it so difficult to converse with my neighbors at a party, but couldn't stop talking when we got together:

"It's because we're both hermits who would rather be at home with our family than anywhere else."

She understands us so well. And she has the smartest answers to my deepest questions. When I asked her how she felt about photoshopping pictures, she said, "I think it's fun."

And it is. It's not an ethical dilemma, a matter of conscience, it's just fun. Maya is fun. And she loves cross processing.

Today is her birthday. Tomorrow is mine. She gave me the sweetest gift: a post on her website about me and my home and how she sees all of it. In doing so, she answered another of my questions: How do other people see me?

way rite

Maya sees me. Way rite. Happy birthday Maya!

21 comments:

  1. a lovely tribute to a soul sister, i love that you found each other. i am finding my greatest friendships in my 40's! a little later than i'd hoped, but the depth, connection and loyalty really makes up for it. happy birth day to you and your sweet friend :)

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  2. Beautiful post =-) "It's because we're both hermits who would rather be at home with our family than anywhere else." That's me in a nutshell... Happy birthday to you both! Now I'm going to follow the link to Maya's blog =-)

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  3. what a beautiful tribute to friendship from both of you. goods friends are often difficult to come by.

    happy birthday to the both of you!

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  5. "We're both autodidacts, over-thinkers, designers, Avalonians at heart, and procrastinators (but that's only because we work best under self imposed pressure)."

    You are better than a camera. Beautiful pictures are formed from your words. Happy Birthday, Molly.

    xoxo michele

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  6. oh my gosh. i love this post and i love your friendship.

    Happy birthday to you both.

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  7. love this as is describes me perfectly, "It's because we're both hermits who would rather be at home with our family than anywhere else."

    happy birthday to both of you!

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  8. beautiful. i long for a soul sister :( i laughed at the knowing - "we're both hermits who would rather be at home with our family than anywhere else." i just left my neighbor's party 'cuz i had nothing in common with anyone and no idea what to talk about. rather be at home.

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  9. Lovely, both posts. To be seen, really seen, just the best. Happy Birthdays.

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  10. Happiest of birthdays, Molly. I wish you the best and have a wee bit of envy for women who can connect as mothers of young children on the Internets. As an old lady, I would have loved to be able to do this. Enjoy, celebrate, be well and know that life is good...you are an inspiration.

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  11. positively edible... your words, your sentiments, and the magic of the bond you two share. i simply adored maya's post too... what a force!!! Happy birthday Molly and Maya.

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  12. Happy birthday, Molly!

    I never knew that you and Maya had all that in common! Isn't she so cute in her dress and her hat? I dearly love that photo on her blog of the two of you.

    Hooray for friends! Best birthday gift of all!

    Hope you're having a fantastic, way rite day!

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  13. Happy Birthday Molly! and Maya!

    What lovely posts about each of you!!

    What a lovely friendship.

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  14. Belated birthday wishes to both you and your friend, Molly. It sounds like a special friendship. I hope you both had special days celebrating.

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  15. what a blessing to have found a true friend.
    i'm guessing i'm not the only other homemaking hermit out here who's heart was warmed by maya's quote while drinking my morning coffee.

    "It's because we're both hermits who would rather be at home with our family than anywhere else."

    Yes, that sums it up perfectly. Happy birthday to you both!

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  16. Oh my, lots of goodness here. Love the tones, feel and that she has her camera swung behind her. What a treasured friendship you two have. Happy Birthday Molly sending you wishes for a year filled with love, laughter and peace.
    Jen
    aviewfromabrowndog.blogspot.com

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  17. wow. I'm not surprised by how wonderful you are. can we not comment on her blog? Couldn't figure that one out.
    Love her! Love you! SOOOO inspiring!
    XOXOXO

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  18. Happy, happy birthday, a few days late. I hope that you had a wonderful day! Maya's post was so sweet. My favourite part is the yogourt in spaghetti sauce jars and spaghetti sauce in yogourt containers. :)

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  19. What a beautiful birthday tribute to your bosom friend. I had to laugh at her reason for your question - I'm a hermit too!

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  20. I'm so happy you have a friend like that. We're a little hermit-y, too, and I'm always so surprised at how people react when I convey to them that I wanna be home with my family, like, all the time.Off to read her take on you :)

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  21. MOLLY!!! Thank you. Wow. Love. Thank you. And thank you everyone! I want to write each of your names, but I just heard someone Pee in the boy's camp bed. Gotta clean it up before the oldest one freaks out!

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