The void you left only aches because of all the joy you brought. You gave everything, asking for nothing. Our bond was formed despite my imperfections. I was just a 20 year old kid- full of pride and ready for anything. But how could I ever be ready for today? You were my family before I had a family. You’ve seen me at my best and so many times my worst. The gifts you gave taught me much, for patience, loyalty and unconditional love are virtues not easily attained. All these years you watched over me as our family slowly grew- showing them the same love you showed me. But today we say goodbye old friend, your race being run. Where that kid once stood, now stands a man. So sleep peacefully then, knowing your work here is finished, the job was well done.