When I look back on the women who’ve had the most impact on my life, I don’t look to teachers. I don’t look to historical figures.
I look to my mother and her friends. I look most of all to Julie, and I look to Nancy.
About five years ago, Julie died. Cancer.
Last week, Nancy died. Cancer.
And I am at a loss for words — again.
But if there’s something I should say about these two women — these two amazing women, these two women I am so blessed to have had in my life — I say these two things:
Julie and Nancy laughed as hard as any people I’ve ever met.
Julie and Nancy always made you understand that they loved you, and that they put you first.
Laughter and love. Those are two of the most wonderful things in the world, and I know it because of them.
I miss you, Julie, and I’ll miss you, Nancy. Thanks for teaching me so much about this world. I won’t forget it.