It makes me happy to realize that there are several answers to this question. I’ve been someone who was lonely most of my life but now I feel like I have a solid network of people around me and I will be forever grateful for that.
For S. who was my first real and true friend, someone who helped me survive the darkest years of my life.
For B. and M., my step-sons, who gave me my first chances to learn how to parent. For accepting me in their lives. For the men they are becoming.
For the baby monkey, who despite a 45 minute crying fit this morning over the fact that I turned the TV off, fills my life with such joy and laughter.
And, finally and always and emphatically, for my husband. For a thousand and one reasons. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me.