Who is Lynne Love and Why Should You Listen to Her?
By Michele M. Feeney
I met Lynne in 1976, when her name was Lynne Hrisca, in Port Huron, Michigan. We were both in an Intro to Sociology class at St. Clair County Community College taught by the coolest professor on campus, Mr. Radke. Lynne was dressed with intention, in a starched black-and-white checked blouse, white jeans, and black wedge sandals with bright red cherries affixed to the straps. My first thought about Lynne had to do with those cherries. Was she from upstate, where cherries grew? Had she stapled the cherries onto her shoes herself? The most striking difference between Lynne-then and Lynne-now has to do with hair; back then, she had clouds of humidity-fueled super-curly hair.
My friend, Carol Nowakowski, also in Mr. Radke’s class, introduced Lynne to me. If Lynne is my personal icon for creative and intentional clothing, Carol was my icon for social behavior. She was the person in my life so far most likely to slide over on the bench and make a space for me, the person most likely to make sure I met every person in the room. Without Carol, I might never have met Lynne, only given her shoes a passing and curious glance, then forget them entirely. Carol died of breast cancer in 2007. At that point, Carol was my oldest friend. Now, Lynne, like Carol a true original, is my oldest friend.
And my best friend. Which means I have the good judgment to listen to her. Nearly every day, and often several times a day. We’ve collaborated on vacations, holidays, child rearing, and all the many things friends do. Our biggest and best joint project so far is the novel, Volunteer Mom, completed in February 2011. We pray every day all thirty-eight chapters of it will soon be available in print.
Why do I listen to Lynne — and why should you? I listen to Lynne because she is at her heart a true-blue midwestern girl who works hard and plays fair. If you are especially interested in volunteering, you should know she raises lots of money for worthy causes with style and grace. She’s been down in the weeds as chair of the elementary school book fair and a girl scout den leader, and up in the clouds as the chair of the 2012 Arizona Heart Ball. Most important, Lynne can help you know how to be a really excellent friend to other women with big hearts and a shared purpose.
Just as important as listening to Lynne, I find that Lynne listens to me. Isn’t that one of the best things about a good friend? Someone who makes you feel your thoughts have value, your perspective is important, your empathy and sympathy is irreplaceable? Isn’t that what good friends are for? At this site, we’re interested in hearing your thoughts and questions, and supporting and validating your dialogue about volunteering.
In addition to some great essays and stories, that’s what this site offers you. Please feel free to use the _______ part of this site as your own personal forum for airing your ideas, questions and humor about the world of mom-volunteering. And, in the end, aren’t all moms first and foremost volunteers? Women of our generation chose to have our children, and most often, when to have our children….the most noble act of volunteerism of all. And, so it begins.