On Valentine’s Day a couple of years ago, Jen Garrett and I offered Jubilee Community a poem about how much we love each other. She had not written a poem since high school. I had never written a poem with somebody else. But this poem was totally co-created.
Jenn is super-smart and resourceful. In a recent job as the admin person for an alternative school, many parents and faculty said that she was the one who held that place together.
￼She is also totally adorable and charming, and a very outspoken voice about childhood cancer during her 7 year old daughter Shayla’s several-year battle with cancer. She also has a real shy side and seldom seeks the limelight. But it was she who suggested that we should tell the people of Jubilee the story of our amazing friendship, which continues to sustain both of us.
I’m the one who – through most of his life – has been described as a “truth-teller”. But it was Jenn who – after our first rehearsal with this poem – going through the first draft – came back a week later and said “It’s not real enough. We have to go deeper.”