My mother said I could do anything, have any girl, live any dream and be as happy and successful as I wanted. She believed in me. Maybe that's what we need most in our lives, someone who believes. Otherwise, we stand alone, looking across a valley of time with no one saying, "Go ahead, sweetheart, take another step." It's been nineteen years, I miss her, her loving faith and most of all, I miss her infinite hope.