Today is my friend Karen’s birthday. I’ve always remembered the date because it is one day before my sister Nancy’s birthday. Karen and I met many years ago when our daughters were in first grade at Helman Elementary. Karen was the first person, who was not our neighbor, who invited our family over to dinner. And while I don’t recall what it was exactly that drew our girls together, I know that they both were redheads and they liked to play dress-up. Sometimes that’s all it takes.
Karen grew up here in Ashland, while I was a transplant from New York. She has been a go-to person when I wanted to know the story behind the story. Karen and I have had some shared history: our daughters were our first bond, but we also worked together for a number of years and I have gotten to know many of her relatives quite well. It’s nice to feel so connected to a long time Ashland family.
When I brought Karen her birthday pie (Double Crust Apple) she was at work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We chatted for a few minutes and talked a bit about the problem with the cracked beam at the Bowmer Theatre. She told me that many of the theatre patrons have been understanding and supportive and how much that is appreciated. She said “This is not a tragedy. It is an inconvenience. A tragedy would have been if the beam had fallen and hurt or killed people.”
I think that this is a really great way to look at this situation and I like that Karen can see the silver lining in otherwise grey clouds. Thanks for being a good example, Karen. Happy Birthday!