Dear Lexie,

Thanks for writing me a letter every year, even though Dad never asked you to. Not gonna lie, yours were probably some of my favorite to read.

I don't have class on Thursdays, so on some Thursday when you don't have to work, we're going to ride the ferry boats while I explain what's so great about them until you understand why we all love them so much.

One of the things I love about you is that you don't put the same kind of pressure on me as my moms and dad do. You have always supported whatever I want to do, and even help me talk to Dad about it before my moms. I think you were the first of my parents to realize that I'm growing up and not really a child anymore, but maybe that's because we have a different kind of relationship than I do with everyone else.

I plan to stop by quite a bit, mainly because your house is closer to campus than my moms' house is, but also because I want to spend as much time as I can with Bethany. I hate that there's a huge age difference between us, but I love it because I'm old enough to take her to do things.

Thank you for everything, Lexie. I know I wouldn't have done so many things if it weren't for your encouragement.

3 Sofia