(Note: They have worked together, played together, cried together, and experienced the most irrational of road trips together. As long as I’ve known my wife, Alissa has been her closest confidant.)
One of the best things about love in its purest form is that you want all the best things for the other person. You take your eyes off yourself and always have the other person’s best interest in mind, and at heart.
It’s one reason I’m thankful that through the years of adulthood, Dana has called you her best friend. Of all the things I know about Dana, and high atop the list, is the function of a relationship duality. She has both the need for relationship, and the gift for giving it.
There is something special between you two, and I’ve never known a moment when Dana didn’t hold you close to her heart. Life has given us all some unexpected detours, but your bond is solid.
Thank you for being her best friend. It both pleases, and comforts me to know this is true.
Thank you, moreover, for the times you’ve placed your confidence in me. We’ve gone down a business road or two together, and while for different reasons it didn’t always work out, I was so happy to have you along for the ride. I’ve never known you to give a half effort, and for that matter, not to excel in the work you pursue. It’s a gift and a certain drive that few people have, but you surely do. You have my respect.
You’re one of those people for whom we pray, for whom we cheer, for whom we support at every turn. We’re in your corner and by your side, and I hope you’ll always know that we are right there with you, because in the end, we’re all just walking one another home.
Thank you for all these things I’ve mentioned, and much, much more.
With respect and love,
Steve “Skiper” (SW) Watkins