Dear Arlene,

The thing that I’m most happy that I got from you was my faith, my belief that there’s something more guiding everything and putting everything together. That God put this whole thing together. You knew it was important but you didn’t force me to go to church, subscribe to any certain kind of religion or anything like that. You just put it in me and let it grow. 

You were also the one that got me interested in Lawrence Welk, and I will totally admit that is a guilty pleasure that, even long after you were in the home and I couldn’t stop at your house on a Saturday night, I still would watch it (I haven’t watched it in a year, but still).

I never got to tell you either of those things, but knowing that you’re up looking over me, I know you know how important they are to me and what they’ve helped me become.