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  • When my family had just moved down to Texas about 6 years ago, we did not have any relatives or friends that we knew. I lived with my aunt for a long period of time and she decided to send me and her kids to a Catholic parish school. There we met many families, but there was this one family that stood out the most to us. They were the Zimmerers. One day, I had a volleyball game to play in and my aunt could not attend due to the start of a new job, so the Zimmerers let me carpool with them. Their youngest daughter Maddy, my soon to be best-friend, also played on my team. After this day, our family friendship kicked off well. I was mostly close to Maddy and her mother. Her father coached our middle-school basketball team. Her two sisters were hardly ever around. Maddy's mom, Diane was my second mom. I even nicknamed her Mama Z. She took my cousin and I everywhere that they went. After middle school, Maddy and I did not see each other alot because the family moved a hour out to Lindsay. We phoned each other many times throughout the year, especially on holidays. During my Sophomore year of high school, I was preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation to be fully Catholic. I needed a sponsor, someone that I know that has always been by my side and will continue to help me grow closer to Christ. I automatically thought to myself "How cool would it be to have Mama Z as my madrina!?" The next day, she immediately accepted my proposal. After the ceremony, my family along with Mama Z and Maddy went out to eat at BJs. Before it was time for us to leave, she surprised me with a beautiful hand-crafted embroidered silver cross chain. It was absolutely the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen in my life. I wore the necklace everywhere. She was so special to me and filled the motherly role that I was missing in my life, so by wearing the necklace, I felt as if she was my guardian and protection even though she lived so far from me. Today, the chain on the necklace is broken, but no matter what, I carry it with me wherever I go. I am so thankful and grateful that we met such a kind family. If we had not done so, I would not have met such a powerful woman or received the necklace.
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