In the quiet moments…

In twenty-four hours, we will gather at the Crest Theatre, where we will get lost in the tech rehearsal, pace nervously as we wait for the show to begin and the night will fly by in the blink of an eye. I know this first hand.

And in the craziness, the last-minute makeup application and dressing and fussing, I worry that I won’t have a moment with each of you to tell you just how much you mean to me and why. So I’m doing that now, in the quiet moments on the eve of our show.

Stephanie

You are like the sunshine, my dear. You have a uncontainable light inside that casts a golden glow on everyone you come in contact with. I adore you for your optimism and your boundless love for your family. My life is better for having you in it. Thank you, Stephanie.

Lisa

There are simply no words for how much I admire you. Inside you lies such a quiet strength that I see more with each passing day. Your ability to seek out and capture the beauty in others speaks volumes about your kind and generous soul. I am so grateful for our friendship.

Roxanne

You, my dear, surprise me more every day. Though your  wit and charm are readily apparent and put everyone around you at immediate ease, your inner beauty is exemplified in all that you do for those around you. You are such a tremendous gift to all who are lucky enough to know you.

Laura

In those early minutes of your audition, I knew I would come to love you. You wear your sense of humor, kindness and generosity on the outside, my friend. What a joy it has been to get to know you over these past several months. Thank you for being a part of this cast.

Jill

Oh Jill, my sweet ray of sunshine. From the moment I met you, I knew that you would bring joy to my life. To say that I admire you doesn’t even begin to express what I feel. When I’m with you, I’m enveloped in love and a wonderful sense of calm. And for that, I am ever grateful.

Tonya

My beautiful Tonya. How can I even convey how much I love you? You entered my life three years ago now and ever since, you have graced me with your joy, optimism, hope and tenacity. When I count my blessings, my friend, I count you. Thank you for speaking the words that I wish I could. Thank you for me and thank you for all of the other women who need to hear them. I positively adore you.

Bridgette

Sweet Bridgette. I am so incredibly proud of you for taking the leap of faith and putting your story into words. Watching you evolve and grow more confident over the past few months has been such a gift. Thank you for pushing yourself… for believing in all that you can accomplish. You’re an amazing woman, my friend and I am so very lucky to know you.

Kim

The more I learn about you, Kim, the more I realize I have yet to learn. Your generosity and kindness greeted me from our first meeting, but your strength and vulnerability in your audition left me speechless. Having you as a part of this cast… as a part of my life… brings me so much joy. My gratitude for you knows no bounds.

Emma

I can still remember how, when you came in for auditions and spoke the first words of your piece, I wanted to close my eyes and get swept away in your story. Your voice, your words, your kindness have truly touched my life. Thank you so very much for that.

Deirdre

From the first time I read your story, I was certain this show needed you. With wit and tenderness, you tell a story that speaks to a piece of my soul. Thank you for going on this LTYM journey with us.. thank you for believing in this project, Deirdre.

Tresa

Oh, my feisty friend. What a joy it is to know you. Your energy and zest for life are infectious. Your smile, radiant. Thank you for sharing your story, a story that has wedged itself into my heart and changed how I see the world. You are a true delight, Tresa.

Penny

You, my dear, are grace personified. You glided into auditions and right into my heart. Thank you for trusting us with your story and for speaking the words that so many of us need to hear. My heart bursts with love and admiration for you, Penny.

Janelle

Where do I begin to tell you how much I adore you? I can still remember hearing you read for the first time. You gave me goosebumps then and you give them to me now. Every time you read. For your story… for your words… for your friendship, I thank you.

Margaret

There is no one I would have wanted to embark on this journey with more than you. Your laugh, silliness and fierce work ethic have carried me through some of the craziest times. Thank you for standing by me and making me laugh on the fun days and being my buoy on the tough ones. I can’t imagine a day of my life without you in it, my friend.

9 comments

  1. Laura Www.shortwinded.net

    Wow, thank you so much. This is so, so thoughtful. And thank YOU for creating a dream for all of us, plus a safe space to be the good, the bad, the funny, and the ugly of mother- and daughterhood.

  2. Stephanie

    You’re the epitome of a graceful lady. You made me shed tears of joy and gratitude. My life is blessed because of you. Love you.

  3. Penny

    You are so very kind. There simply are not the words to convey my gratitude for being given this opportunity to honor my mother is such a permanent way. Thank you for this gift that will live on long after she lives only in my memory. Thank for for providing the fertile soil which has nourished us. Thank you for loving as fiercely as you do and because you do love so fiercely,you have touched us and we have grown.

  4. Margaret nannygoatsinpanties.com

    Look at this beautiful gift you have given everyone today. And the one you’re giving tonight. I’m so lucky you had this brilliant idea and that you asked me to jump on board with you. Clearly, at the time, I had no idea what this was going to be like. And now, I can’t imagine having not been a part of this. They say LTYM transforms people and changes lives, and I’m getting to watch that happen now. This journey has made us fast close buddies and partners, and I’m grateful and lucky to call you my good friend. I love you!

  5. I’m not sure there will ever be words that can express how much coming to know each woman and their stories has changed me, how much they have seeped into my heart and will stay there forever. And to you and Margaret, who brought that together–words beyond measure. I adore you all and can’t wait to celebrate this momentousness accomplishment with you all.

  6. Aleta fleurdealeta.blogspot.com

    I love how you individualized your thoughts. What a beautiful, inspiring post!

  7. Emma

    I’m so glad I didn’t read this yesterday. I would’ve been bawling. But ‘thank me?’ No, Nichole, Thank YOU for being brave enough to take on this HUGE project and see it through. I can tell you, that LTYM has helped to validate me (to myself) as a writer tremendously, and has given me courage to hang onto my voice. Thank you for that, my dear sweet friend.

  8. Susan Cooper findingourwaynow.com

    Wow, you are beautiful and most thoughtful. You have given these people a glimpse into to your soul.

  9. Diana Foster thestudio56.com

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