met Bill through a class in high school where we would go and visit
with the residents at a local retirement home.
We became very good
friends, and he adopted me as his granddaughter.
I continued to visit
him through the years, until he passed away in 2010.
He was so
excited to hear me talk about my dream of going to Africa. Every time he
introduced me to someone he would say, "You know she's going to go to
Africa some day."
He would always end our visit with saying to me,
"I'm so proud to know you. And when I get to heaven, I'm going to put in
an extra special good word about you to our Father. I'll make sure he
takes you to big places. You'll get to Africa."