Twenty Years in a Heartbeat

Dear Ramona,

Today, you are twenty years old. I've been looking back through pictures of the past two decades and thinking about how much you've taught me about life and music and especially, about the limitless nature of love. The world is so much better with you in it --your fierce, gigantic heart, your kindness, that ferocious intelligence, the sense of humor, that ability to connect and be interested in everyone's stories. Thank you for choosing me as your mother; I would not be a tenth of the person I am today without having known and loved you. I am so blessed to call you my friend.