My late husband John, died 20 years ago in 1995. My mother died in 2000 and my dad in 2011. About a year ago, my best friend Linda died. (I’ve mentioned her many times the podcast, sometimes in disguise.) She was an incredibly supportive friend—in fact, I used to tell her
The literacy of trust. These two people in this picture are my mother and my best friend(or adopted sister). They taught me to be myself. No matter what anyone thought. They taught me that no opinion matters except my own. They taught me how to be a friend and I shouldn't be scared to trust, but don't be so easily fooled. My mom taught me that when people show you who they are, believe them. They have made me a stronger person since high school.
"This was taken on my wedding day. I asked my mother to be my maid of honor. Her response was, 'Why me, when you have your young friends, and what about your cousins?' I replied, 'You're supposed to ask your best friend to be your maid of honor, and you, Mom, are my best friend!' Sadly, she passed away in 2005, but I think about my best friend every day." -DebbieVillano-Boyle, Rochester, NY