Making friends with Robby. I must
say that Robby's letter was the most powerful for me. Not because
of the words, necessarily, but because of Nancy’s friendship
with him. I could easily visualize Robby following Nancy in
the van with the headlights on, and can completely understand
the sense of admiration and friendship he had for her. Who
can ever imagine her becoming a lifelong friend with a guide
from a biking trip who lives on the other side of the country
and doesn’t understand what kosher means? Many people
live a lifetime and do not see friendships like this. Nancy
reinforces for me the importance of friendships and that they
do take work but we live more enriched lives from them. You
cannot qualify your friends based on the way you live your
life . . . that would be terribly boring.
I love the story about the man who
borrowed her chair in the park for his girlfriend and then
used it as a footrest.
is okay to draw the line and not let people take advantage
of you. We need to keep things right in this world. People
need to respect, and those who do will be rewarded.
I’ll never look at a bicycle
racer the same way again. I now know why you ride Nancy’s
bicycle. There is something to this sport which brings out
the best in people. I believe
Nancy used this sport to provide her with a way to give more
. . . to more people. How else can one person have so many
friends? How else can one person have touched the lives of
so many others? How else can one person have taught so many
others what is truly important in life? I’ve been running
for ten years now and have a small circle of friends I’ve
made through this common interest. I now understand that it
can be much more than this.
It’s such a cliché to
say that we live life to the fullest. How many of us can really
say that we wake up
every day and do everything our hearts desire? I now know what
living life to the fullest really means. I thank Nancy for
sharing this with me.
I have cried through most of these
letters but with every one there was also a smile. I concur
with someone who wrote that
they expected these letters to be very sad. I too was surprised
that they were not sad at all. There are beautiful life lessons
to be learned in reading these letters that will make all who
read them better people . . . and the world a better place.
I thank you for sharing them with me and hope that you share
them with as many people who will be fortunate enough to learn
what I’ve learned.