Mom, I miss our friendship and our many conversations. I follow in your footsteps, becoming more open-minded, more forward-thinking, and more concerned about our planet. I appreciate how you helped me become comfortable chatting with strangers, and I value your ease of making friends. I miss your knowledge of family history and your connections to distant relatives. I am blessed to possess your lifelong love of learning and your interest in history. I’m sorry that we did not get to say goodbye.