Sumayyah T.'s article about the deaths of her friends touched me profoundly. After reading it, I felt I had to call my best friend and tell her how much our friendship means to me. She asked why I was saying all this when there wasn't any real occasion. I told her life is too short and too uncertain not to tell her immediately. Samayyah's story not only expresses this, but also gave me the opportunity to value what I have - a friend.
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