May 10, 1994: EVERYTHING ON THE TABLE

Dear Dominic,

This is a letter to express my appreciation of you as a friend and as a person. Your persistence in attempting to best me at racquetball time after time reveals an underlying value of persistence that has gotten you to this point in your life and will carry you forward in your endeavors in Academics and your Walk with the Lord.

In this time when you’re about to graduate and go off into the wild blue yonder and I will rarely see you, I want to let you know that I have greatly enjoyed the good times we have had in our friendship. I thank you for your good humor that put up with the many times that I gave you a hard time at work. I thoroughly enjoyed the many dirt- and bulb-throwing fights we had at the greenhouse and the ability you showed to catch dirt with your face.

"R" and I on one of our cross country ski trips.

“R” and I on one of our cross country ski trips.

On a more serious note, Dominic, I appreciate your overwhelming commitment to your church and family.

I was a seasoned altar boy at the Carmelite Monastery (these are the wonderful cloistered nuns), but also began exploring Protestant churches, mainly evangelical, during high school.

I was a seasoned altar boy at the Carmelite Monastery (these are the wonderful cloistered nuns), but also began exploring Protestant churches, mainly evangelical, during high school.  “R” was one of the bad boys who taught me about the, you know, Bible.

Your genuineness in expressing your feelings in a manner that lays everything on the table is very admirable. In addition, I appreciate the genuineness and honesty of your heart in expressing areas of weakness and feelings of uncertainty. You are truly a special friend that I appreciate more than you will ever know, a friend that I can have fun with, simply talk with, and most importantly a friend in whom I can confide my deepest thoughts, struggles, and concerns—without reservation. Good luck in Milwaukee.

Most sincerely,

“R”

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