The Christmas cards we usually get weren't quite complete this year. We didn't receive one from my childhood best friend's mom who has sent one to me faithfully for 35 years, as well as more letters than I can count. She moved from my hometown this past year to live with her daughter -- my childhood best friend -- who's lived on the East Coast for the past couple of decades. She's been in ill health. As I took down all the Christmas cards this morning I got to thinking about Babe and I wrote a short note to her daughter. I hope her daughter will write back and let me know if Babe is even still with us. Angie is notoriously bad about keeping in touch...hence, the long years of correspondence between her mom and me, my only link to Angie outside of sporadic Christmas cards from her every now and then. Oh, and the fact that she named her oldest daughter the same name, same spelling, as mine. I'm hoping she'll at least let me know about her mom. I would like some closure on this one way or the other.