“It did come as a shock when she told me that she was leaving. It was like, Well, we’ve only barely begun.”
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“People didn’t really understand what it was like to grow up the way we grew up. It was so great not to have to explain that to Ariane.”
"Going to Nuevo Laredo for lunch or dinner was no big deal. We would do that all the time, without even really realizing we were crossing a border."
“The rule was you should never go over the heads of the kids. Anything that appealed to adults had to appeal to the kids too.”
“To be able to talk about things that only we as young women clergy experience is really comforting.”
“I think it’s different for parents. We have to protect our children. That’s our No. 1 calling in life, and that comes before everything.”
“We had been talking about doing a big group meet-up somewhere and we picked Dollywood.” “It was one of the most wonderful moments of my life.”
“I saw her as who I would have been if I grew up on a farm in Apple Canyon Lake. And I think she saw me as the same thing, but reversed.”
"It was a lot more than just cavalry guys getting together. We really became true family."
“We have two relationships. We have to talk about money, and then we have the friendship.”
“You need a bowl or a whisk, and one of your baking friends will get it for you. You know those trenches in the war? It’s kind of like that.”
"I think we just started coming to Mr. O's room for lunch. I don't even know if we asked permission. Probably not."
“It became my most meaningful piece of clothing that I owned.”
“People can be really judgmental, like, ‘What’s wrong with you that you can’t make friends by yourself?’ But it’s honestly really hard to do it naturally.”
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It’s not worth it.
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