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  • “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    -- Maya Angelou

    She makes me smile whenever we talk. I am quite proud of her. She has an ongoing battle with self-injury with much more victory than even her own mind tends to acknowledge. She fights with accepting her body image, as well, but I admit I don't hear of it very often.

    Last June (2011), she lost her father in an instant to an unforeseen respiratory arrest, and it has grown to the single greatest hurt she has ever felt. Months pass in mourning, and to this day it affects her intimately. She was such a Daddy's girl. She now sees a counsellor for grief on a regular basis and sometimes feels what she thinks is an episode of depression.

    You wouldn't think with all this weight on her heart that she could make me smile as effortlessly as a child, but you would be mistaken. We had known each other for some time. We had shared poetry. We had confided as friends do, but it was last autumn when she spoke and left me profoundly speechless with one little sentence.

    "You have always been kind of a second dad to me."

    With that said, I felt vulnerability and elation hand-in-hand...


    And it hasn't faded one bit.
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