She’d moved into the house next door. I was only five years old, she was three, but we had an immediate connection. Stacey’s loving spirit drew me in and our friendship developed.
She’s the one leaning into me in the upper picture—notice her little hand around my waist in the bottom picture. Stacey is one of the major influencers in my life who taught me about the power of connection.
*Lying on our beach towels on the sidewalk, and listening for the ice cream truck—together we learned to live in anticipation.
*Squeezing lemons into our glasses and adding sugar—together we make things sweeter.
*In the middle school years, she moved away—but together we learned that distance does make the heart grow fonder.
*Newly married, death stole her high school sweetheart—together we witnessed the brevity of life.
*Eventually, we both ended up living in Colorado—together we experienced the power of reconnecting.
Over forty years later, a woman’s hand now wraps around my waist and pulls me close.
She teaches me how to love deeply—and trust with child-like faith.
“Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them.”
Who has been an influencer in your life?
Reconnect with someone today.