I have known Linda for about 20 years. Other than my family, there are very few people I have known for that long. When we moved to Charlotte almost 3 1/2 years ago, she and her family were instant friends, and sometimes surrogate family for us.
I am grateful for the entire Giler family, but today I am specifically thankful for Linda. One reason is because each week she picks Fiona and I up and takes us to Weight Watchers, then lets us tag along while she does errands, and then buys us lunch. I really look forward to these outings. For one thing, I don't have a car, so I only go out of my neighborhood a couple of times a week. For the most part if I can't bike there, I don't go there. I love having a 'pogner' to go to Weight Watchers with, as well as a ride there. I love that she takes us out to lunch every time. A real treat for me, and so unnecessary but equally appreciated. Mostly, above all these things, I am thankful that Linda takes me under her wing. I am thankful that her friendship feels like family, that my kids love her, that we have frank conversations, that we are honest, and that even though 21 years separate us, we are friends.
Thank you Linda.