About a month before I met my husband, one of my dearest childhood friends passed away in a freak accident. She was so caring and warm-hearted... with a smile that just lit up any room she entered. She was someone that made you want to be a better person.
Then I met a guy that would later become my husband. It was a special relationship from the beginning - we both went out of our way to see each other and felt giddy whenever we were around each other... typical romantic sparks :) But the more I got to know him, the more I admired his character. In many ways, he resembled my dear childhood friend who I had lost too soon.
This guy cared about people. He is one of the few that will actually do the right thing even when no one is looking. He never cuts corners and at times, I feel that he cares more about me than I do myself! We eventually got married and now we have a baby daughter. When we were trying to come up with a middle name for her, I chose one that meant 'bright and kind-hearted' after her father.
I feel blessed to be around these two people that have such integrity and kindness. I lost one, but married the other... and if our daugther will be anything like her father, I know she will be okay in this crazy world of ours :) Someone that people will look up to and feel like they too want to be a better person.