Day 216: Leslie

8 Nov

We moved back to Ashland about sixteen years ago. Not long afterwards, I was driving around town and saw a sign for a garage sale. I followed the sign to a street by Ashland Community Hospital and parked my car. My children were with me and as we got out of the car I noticed a sign for “free kittens.” Before we went another step, I told my children that we could pet the kittens but we could not take any of them home. I waited until they agreed before we proceeded into the garage.

Once inside we met a friendly lady who turned out to be Leslie, and my daughter Alexandra went off to play with the kittens while my son took off to play with Leslie’s son. Leslie and I chatted for quite a while and I thought, “she’s got things to do… we should go” and I found my daughter and gently extracted her from the kittens. When I asked where my son Coco was, Leslie brought me to her son Dylan’s room and we found the boys playing together nicely. Leslie then said, “If you’d like, you can leave your boy here for a while since they are playing so well.” I thought, “Really?” It was such a nice offer… and they seemed so engrossed in what they were doing… and so I said “okay.” It was a few minutes later when I was driving home that I started to wonder, “what have I done?” After all, I didn’t even know Leslie’s last name!

But anyone that knows Leslie knows that this was an easy offer to accept. She is warm and kind and gentle and somehow I “knew” that my boy would be safe with her. And as it turns out, her son and mine have been friends ever since… as have Leslie and I.

When I think back to that day, I can’t help but think “what a lucky day that was!” And that is why tonight I brought a Pecan Pie to Leslie and her family. I am very grateful to her for a friendship that has continued to grow over these many years… and for her welcoming spirit that invited us into their lives.

6 Responses to “Day 216: Leslie”

  1. Paul Giancarlo November 8, 2011 at 11:48 PM #

    I can see why you trusted your son with Leslie. Her spirit is clear and kind and you can just sense it. Wise choice! And the pie looks great!

    Paul G

  2. pieadaygiveaway November 9, 2011 at 7:52 AM #

    Thanks Paul. It’s true, one only has to meet her to know that!

    Oh – Please have your wife send me her “pie recipient” recommendation!

    Thanks again for all that you do.


    • Paul Giancarlo November 9, 2011 at 8:24 AM #

      Hi Karen,
      I would like to recommend a colleague that I work with. Her name is Marcia Benbough. She is an incredible force at the school. I work at Walker. She is the reading specialist and has an amazing gift to ignite children. And when a child is struggling to read, she is tenacious in advocating for that child to get the help that they need. Also, she is getting remarried this Friday, 11/11/11 and she is like a teenager all over again. For that reason, which I’m not writing at all eloquently about, I would recommend her. Do you contact the person to find out more? Do you need her phone number or email from me?
      Can you believe it, your days are drawing to a close.

  3. Leslie November 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM #

    Okay I’m crying here!!! Thank you Karen for taking a chance 16 years ago and saying “yes” to our friendship. I am grateful to have you in my life. Love you! And LOVE my Pecan Pie! Yummy. The best I’ve ever had. xoxo

    • pieadaygiveaway November 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM #

      Leslie… so happy that you like it! And very happy that I “knew” to trust you with Coco… your “third” son!
      love you too,

  4. Lori Grove Menning November 15, 2011 at 11:47 AM #

    Hey there Karen, I work just down the street from you, my name is Lori Hutson, I am the chicken lady out in White City, and work at Ashland Physical Therapy. I am glad to see you doing this, it’s pretty awesome!!

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