Monday, November 10, 2008

My Friend Jane

Erin and I were invited to my friend (and shareholder) Jane's house for dinner on Saturday night and we had the most wonderful time. I always have a lovely time with Jane, actually, because she is one of the most interesting- and positive- people I know. She is one of those people who glows with happiness. I'm not being metaphorical here. She literally glows.

Dr. Jane Hurst is a professor and department chair of Philosophy and Religion at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., and I have never had a conversation with her that wasn't thoughtful and fascinating. She knows all kinds of great stories about the various sects and...well...cults that she has studied. She's also a deeply spiritual person, but in a way that isn't off-putting, if you know what I mean.

But Jane's job is just a tiny little sliver of who she is. She is the wife of the handsome Joe, pictured with her above. (He teaches theology at Georgetown.) She's the mom of two women- one in college, one in law school. She's a fab cook (beef stew, roasted asparagus and apple cranberry cobbler. Yum.) 

And she is an amazing knitter. A. Maz. Ing. Jane isn't intimidated by even the most complicated pattern and will knit and frog, knit and frog, and knit and frog until she gets it just right.

A few weeks ago, Jane bought a huge loom in pieces at a yard sale and figured out- without directions- how to put it together and use it. Here's are the rugs she was working on Saturday. 

She is also very musical. Very musical. So musical that a few years ago, she decided that it was time to fulfill her lifelong dream of recording an album. Who does that?!? My friend Jane, that's who!

Jane is only a couple of semesters away from retiring from her teaching job. And I can't wait. I can't wait to see what this woman does when she is able to follow her creative spirit on a full-time basis.

You know my favorite thing about the CSA? Besides the baby goats and lambs, I mean. My favorite part is the amazing friends I've met. You are all such incredible people.


joanb said...

Beautiful post about your dear friend Jane. It's wonderful to have such inspiring friends.

As for incredible... that's what you are Susan, with a capital "I".

PolarBearCreations said...

I can only agree with joanb!

The Knifty Knitter said...

You make we want to be Jane when I grow up.

Susan said...

Me too, knifty knitter!

Jane said...

Aww, I'm touched by this post! This is very sweet - I think this is basically a portrait of a yarn addict who just finds ways to play with strings! Anyhow, thank you Susan, and so glad you (almost) have the sheep in one place!