Dear Allison...

Dear sweet friend, Your letter was so beautiful, and evidenced by the response from so many friends and strangers, it resonated with a lot of people. We are all sort of looking around wondering, “What on earth have we done?” In response, as strange as it might sound, I keep thinking about how you are such an avid student of the human condition. Part of what has always drawn me to you is that you seem voraciously interested in what it means to be human. Not just in a philosophical sense, but in an experiential sense. When I first met you, you were training to do gynecological exams at a cooperative women’s health clinic, though you are not and have never been a nurse or a doctor. Every few weeks you humbly unveil another skill—cooking purple cupcakes with my daughter, shopping online for vintage cashmere, knowing just the right thing to say when someone has a cancer diagnosis. You can produce a podcast, DJ an elementary school dance, and probably shoe a horse for all I know.

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