I can’t believe I haven’t told you about Lacey.
This girl is a VIP in my life, a hall-of-famer.
Two years ago, I went to church. It came time to “greet the people around you” which, let’s be real, is my least favorite time of the service. Usually I plan my bathroom break around it. It feels like junior high all over again – standing up to greet someone, only to be met with the possibility that MAYBE NO ONE WILL TALK TO ME. Or if they do, MAYBE I SHOULD BE WEARING TIMBERLANDS.
But on this particular day, I turned to the girl sitting next to me, and she had the warmest smile and most genuine manner. We introduced ourselves, but instead of then moving on to greet other people, wonder of wonders, we continued talking. She was nice. She was cool. And beyond being a stunner (which she obviously is), Lacey is warm, funny, and real. She told me that she had recently moved to Denver from St. Louis, and that she was a nurse on a bone marrow floor.
She made an impression. Because of this girl, who I didn’t know from Adam (or Eve?), I signed up to be a bone marrow donor that week.
Not long after we met, Lacey and I made plans to grab a drink at a local bar. We thought we would have a beverage, catch up, and then make it home at a reasonable hour – but this was NOT TO BE, friends. It was NOT TO BE because we were… recruited to be in a music video.
I can’t even explain how it happened, but one minute we were sitting at the bar, and the next minute we were in a dark basement surrounded by a bunch of yoo-hoos, pantomiming a club scene, continually standing where we shouldn’t be. The “director” (I use that term loosely) kept yelling at Lacey, “Tall girl! Move!”
I am mortified to confirm that yes, this music video exists out there on the internet – but due to our vow of secrecy, you will never, ever find it.
Lacey and I have steadily grown closer over the past two years, meeting for wine or walks, talking about everything from faith (belief and contention) to body image (we are girls, nice to meet you) to dating (obviously). Lacey is the kind of person that makes people feel good about being themselves, and despite her insane social schedule (the girl is popular), is never too busy to look you in the eye and ask the important questions.
She rocks the red lipstick. She can wear a romper and make it look cool. She is equally comfortable in a dress or on a mountain. She is compassionate and wise and up for anything. Denver is lucky to have her – I am lucky to have her – and my faith in the greeting time at church has been renewed.