Shortly after one of the recent deluges, I found this waterlogged, handmade card on a sidewalk in Durham’s Forest Hills neighborhood. Besides the earnest sentiment, I was impressed by why Arabella loves Ms. Lauren so: She is smart.

Too frequently, women are not described this way nor valued for their intelligence. Arabella, you too, are smart.

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