Originally published May 2, 2020.
This picture is the distillation of 30 years of striving and failing and striving again, of refusing to give up, and having others refuse to give up when I was ready to do so.
It’s also a distillation of a decades long friendship that started out with me cutting up waffles and other food into small enough bites, moved into watching Star Wars on my couch, and ended up with someone I’ve known since she was a baby putting me on vigil.
I love you Mika. I’m proud of you. You did good.