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It occurs to me that one of my proudest moments of Shoes is when one of the comments on the local paper's online edition called him, due to one of his professional decisions, a "bleeding heart liberal." Of course, it was an uninformed comment, as the reader did not understand the exact specifics behind the case or the reasons why this particular decision was reached. (It was actually just plain good case practice.)

Shoes does not actually have a bleeding heart. (In the relationship, that's probably me, seeing that I'm the one who would like to house, clothe and feed every single person.) His heart is, however, almost ludicrously well balanced, justice minded and loving.

And I think, now, he gets this from his parents, a little. I didn't get to see Shoes' parents over Christmas, but the generous words they sent with Shoes for me were incredibly humbling.

What a tender point in a relationship to realize that you're falling in love with the family as well as the man.

I've been trying to write the Thank You cards for the past half hour, and I'm just stuck. I would like to say, "Thank you for modeling such incredible love and justice for your son, for encouraging him to love me, and for the unconditional support you've shown me in just the year your son and I have been dating."

And I feel like that's too much.

So I don't say what I want to say, and instead flounder for safe words that almost, but not really, get to the heart of the matter. I hope they understand that what those words are code for.


  1. Ronna on January 9, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    You could never say the wrong thing my Lisa. I love that you are in love!!!!

    We need to talk for real soon. I need some girl details :)

  2. Kylee on January 9, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    I agree, I don't think that you can say the wrong thing. I love this post.

  3. Maria on January 19, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    You should write as freely as u do on the Blog. Some wear there hearts on their sleeve. You wear your heart through words:)Hope school is well. I begin my clinic and have to be a "speech therapist" to a client! These new experiences we get in school. Also, wanted to mention for a job try your on-campus Childrens Development Center/Prek/Nursery. You like the little ones and the pay should be decent. It is on my campus.


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