Four mornings each week I can count on walking the trails with you. We spend the hour sharing, learning and laughing. Once a month, as I’ve done for the last fourteen years, I spend a couple of hours with you discussing our selected book. We’ve read some strange tales, yet our discussions are always enlightening. I may never get rich playing mah jongg, yet my wealth is increased by the camaraderie and conversation in between every crack, bam and dot. Birthday lunches and dinners give me a chance to catch up, drink good wine, toast each other and laugh at the wide ranging topics of conversation. I’ve spent weekends with you at the beach and in the desert. I’ve attended plays, concert and movies with you. I have served on boards, raised funds and volunteered in the community with you. Happy occasions we’ve shared have brought joy and laughter. The too many times we’ve gathered together to say goodbye have brought tears. Holidays filled with family, friends and traditions make the cooking and cleanup worthwhile. (well almost) I have shared countless cups of coffee, texts and phone calls discussing Emily and Jef, Don Draper, Carrie and Brody and Harvey Specter. I’ve “liked” and been “liked” by you on Facebook. I’ve cheered for my teams with you (sometimes in enemy territory). You’ve dragged me back to the gym and I suppose I should thank you for that too. You’ve taught me and strengthened me. You’ve encouraged me and inspired me. You, my friends and family, have enriched my days with love. I look ahead to 2013, dreaming big, and with the full knowledge that I am truly blessed.
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