What words do you convey to someone who is turning twenty five years soon and especially if she is someone who you have grown up with in your most impressionable years, A foster parent who in your formative years sheltered you, gave moments of joy and laughter, taught you about the tragedy of disease, the miracle of curing, the capacity to care and finally you set forth on your life’s profession with her blessing. What do you tell her, write to her or feel for her.?
As you search for words you are transported back in time and memories rapidly crowd a period of time of acquaintance with this lady. The first encounter in your teens when she choose form a multitude you with fifty nine others. The initial months of joy and sorrow, of camaraderie, of fun and frolic, gradually giving way to a deeper understanding of your calling. Fed on legends flowing in her veins, of brilliance in every field, be it academic, physical or intellectual you strove to contribute your mite. As you grew up she too grew.