In the last neighborhood we lived in, we had fantastic neighbors. One neighborhood gal in particular made a strong impression on me from the very beginning of our time there. Her name is Diane Vandyke, and her intention was to merely be friends with me and to find ways to serve me.
What I loved about Diane is that she was older than me, (she actually had children my age) but that gap didn’t matter and she treated me with just as much respect as her original friends, age smage was her thinking. She sincerely cared about the life I lead and made me feel significant. During our time there we organized a youth play called, ‘Joseph and His Coat’. Diane worked with us and truly respected our opinions and even though we made mistakes and lacked in certain areas, she was there to fill in for our shortcomings.
I was grateful for her sincere example and even though we were at different points in our lives we were able to be friends. She taught me age doesn’t matter- she never treated me as a superior or made me feel inexperience because she lived a longer life, but she treated me as a friend. Thus teaching me that we can be friends to anyone no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in.
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