"Thank you for telling me, in the way only you knew how, that I would become a writer, that I would go far, but for also suggesting it would be without you. Thank you for telling me that my friends were toxic, that my feelings were toxic, that my life was toxic. Thank you for always pushing me, for always insisting that I, and you, deserved better. Thank you for speaking constantly with your eyes, for smiling at me in a way that was so genuine it made all other smiles completely worthless. Thank you for ever being with me, for ever loving me, and for ever caring for me. But most of all, thank you for the four and half years wherein I became a man, a lunatic, a lover, and a father."