Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting the parents of one of my dearest friends. My friend is one of the kindest people I have ever met, with an infectious smile and a warm hug. I was intrigued to discover the people who raised this very special person. I was not disappointed.
Her dad is a character. No, really, a character, someone bigger than life. He's a big guy with a huge personality. The best description I can offer is that he is the ultimate Texan. He knows everything about oil and Texas history and other interesting topics and he's not afraid to share it. He's one of those rare people who can be a big personality without being a big ego. KWIM?
Her mom is a sweet, nurturing woman. She doesn't say too much, but it's not because she's shy or doesn't have anything to say. It's because she is a listener, and a good listener at that. She looks right at you when you talk and is genuinely interested in what you have to say. She's proud of her daughter, but more importantly, admires her as a person.
As interesting as these people are, that's not why I was so fascinated with them. What is remarkable is how my friend is the perfect combination of both of her parents. She's a wonderful listener, compassionate and sensitive. At the same time, she has a smile as big as Texas and a mischievous twinkle in her eye. Wherever she goes she fits in and charms everyone in the crowd.
As interesting as it is to see the physical resemblance among children and parents, it's so much more enlightening to see the "inner" resemblance. It brings a whole new facet to a dear friend and I'm privileged to have experienced that chance encounter.