I have made some terrific, life-long friends through football at Central Catholic High School. Tonight, I was privileged to meet some of the "girls" for dinner just to catch up and visit for a while. As usual, there was a lot more laughing than talking. We tease and make fun of each other (and other people) but when it comes down to it, these are the kind of friends that you can count on in a time of need. Even after being away from the school for a while, our friendship remains the same and we are able to pick up right where we left off the last time we were together. Sierra was able to join us and it struck me tonight that she is no longer my "kid" or a "student" or '"somebody's friend" in their eyes. She is one of the group... laughing and teasing right along with the rest of us. Of course, Sierra has always been able to adapt to her surroundings in any social situation. She has always been wise beyond her years and she can hold her own in any group of people. I'm happy to say that I enjoy her company not only as my daughter, but as my friend.