MY DATE WITH DOTTY . . .
My friend and fellow “foodie” came out for an overnight visit early this week. We’ve known one another for 17 years now and have kept in contact through our various job changes, moves, life events and crises. Though our age difference exists, during our chats, we’ve always felt like kindred spirits in some regard- conversations never forced; always delighted to gab about our shared interests including food and writing. We even talked about our favorite presidents, as it was President’s Day Monday, and I found out that she is kin to George Washington. I’m convinced that nothing heals me better than good conversation, and the good Lord knows, Dotty has some fun stories to tell after her many travels and life experiences.
I’ve always looked up to my friend, Dotty Griffith, for who wouldn’t? She was a long-time writer, editor and THE Dallas Morning News food critic for the better part of 27 years. Our paths always crossed somehow. Me, representing various food and restaurant clients and calling on her as a reporter, trying to impress her with my clients’ food, chefs or unique stories. She, the accessible, down-to-earth, genuine person that you wish all people in positions of power like hers could be, always gracious, never making me to feel a bother for doing my job (which was to bother her, actually.) 🙂
Over the years, we’ve become closer as friends rather than professional colleagues, although we continue to grow in both regards. The reasons for this welcome development are in the way that everything happening in my life right now somehow is – astonishing and feels as if events are not driven by me but rather, driven through me somehow. I pray and presume it is for the benefit of my mother and all of you whom I love dearly and speak with and of often- about what the mesh has stolen from you; stolen from us.
As Dotty and I spoke about our shared dreams and how our differences add up to make for a pretty unique, special and rare kind of friendship offering years of gabbing and gorging to come, my heart was filled with joy and gratitude for my very well-known and popular friend, who reached out to me this time. When I asked, “Why did you reach out to me; you could have called any of the bazillions of marketing experts in the Dallas area,” she simply said, “Because you know what you’re doing and you are and have always been genuine with me and true, never trying to use me for anything.” That was the highest compliment I could ever receive from her (that, and that she loves my fledgling novel! Yikes! Yay!). I want my life to be defined by that sentiment. So as I hugged her goodbye and told her how delightful our time together had been, she looked back at me with a grin and said, “I’m excited about what the future holds for you, for me, and for us, and I’m looking forward to a nice drive home, pondering all that we discussed,” and with that I felt I had given to her in the ways that she has so often given to me.
I have a deep sense of gratitude for her willingness to share her spirit and her craft with me and with our community, so without further ado…. The Friday GIFTaway is a signed copy of Dotty’s latest published cookbook, “The Texas Holiday Cookbook.” (link to Amazon where you can read more about it or buy one if you don’t win!)
Dotty is quite simply the Queen of Texas Cuisine, and a really fun dinner companion too! Thank you, Dotty for graciously donating your book to one lucky winner, as we have lots of Mesh Angels and Warriors that love to cook, and would love a new challenge like TEXAS CUISINE!
The winner is selected at random and will be announced NEXT FRIDAY!
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Your friend and Warrior,