A rare and true gift —

that is a good friend.

You can be serious with her and say hard things.

my friends, Helga and Courtney

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You can laugh loud and deep.

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You can be pensive and ponder big questions.

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And then laugh like loons again.

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For each of my children, I pray this —-

that you make a good friend,

a friend who reflects your soul,

who gets your whole story with a few words,

who loves your heart even when it is broken and crooked,

who turns your eyes to your own worth.

I pray you can also be that kind of friend.

Courtney, Helga, me (Tina)

For my friends, I pray that another 26 years does not pass before we meet again, but if it does . . . well, we had our moments together.

They were beautiful moments, and I feel heard and understood, my heart is less crooked, and my eyes can see.

I have been blessed and the memories continue to bless.