Now, I decided not to do family (i.e. mother, husband, children). Instead, I’m going with my angel, darling, cherished, treasured friend, Sandy! So many of you know her already through my author’s notes and things…you know that she and I were roommates at college…that’s how we met. You know that I’ve dedicated several books to her over the years, that she’s always the first one to read any new book (as I write it, actually), and that she’s gorgeous…not to mention hysterical (see quote “wielding his enormous wife” from the author’s note of The Windswept Flame)!
Sandy and I met in January of 1984…27 years ago! I can’t believe it’s been so long! It seems like yesterday! Within 24 hours of meeting, we were bonded forever! She is my closest friend…my confidant…my kindred spirit (just like Anne and Diana)…my inspiration…my motivator…my only daughter is named after her! Sandy and I are as close as ever we were…if not in miles…in spirit! We spend hours and hours on the phone, spoil each other rotten at Christmas and on birthdays! She has taught me so much, supported me so powerfully, helped me through the darkest times in my life…and whenever I hear the song “Wind Beneath my Wings” I think of her…she is exactly that to me! I truly cannot imagine what my life would have been or would be without Sandy and the rare friendship we share. We are only able to manage a face to face visit about once every three or four years…but it doesn’t matter at all! We’re as close as ever we have been and laugh our guts out whether we’re together or talking on the phone!
Thus, the person I’ve been closest to the longest is Sandy! I can still see and hear her squealing with delight whenever “Wake Me Up Before You Go, Go” came on the radio in 1984! So, as a tribute to the birth of the greatest friendship a person could ever imagine or hope for…this is for you Sandy!