"I didn't know how to ask for a friendship."

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"Everyone wanted to be like Mike, but you were my Michael Jordan."

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"I thought it was karma for what I had done. "

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"I had to get myself straightened out before I could be your dad again."

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"I didn't think I would ever tell a teacher..."

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"She attracted people wherever she went."

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"I remember counting the empty beer bottles."

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"You moved into the hospital with me."

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"It's been a beautiful journey knowing you."

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"I went as macho as I could be to mask what I was underneath. "

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"I grew up when that happened."

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"As if high school is not hard enough..."

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"I went home that first night, and I was like, 'What am I doing?'"

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"I felt like a walking star in the hallway."

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"At the time, I was tutoring at an after-school program..."

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"Thomas woke me up and said that something was really wrong."

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"I think in our marriage, it was all about you."

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"When I was younger I didn't like you much."

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"They wanted me to stop seeing Daddy..."

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"What has happened to the human voice?"

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"I can still hear him hollering and coaching..."

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"I got to find a job I can do for thirty years in this place."

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"He saw me and he said, 'You're going to be my wife.'"

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"We would go to the window and listen for my mom out in the field."

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