This weekend we traveled to the east coast with extremely heavy hearts to celebrate the lives of a good friend, Tanji, and her son, Evan. Tanji was a great woman and an even more incredible mother. She could bring people together like very few I’ve ever met. Yesterday was no exception, as hundreds of us gathered in her honor. Though we mourned, we did it together, remembering how fortunate we were to have had Tanji and Evan in our lives. One of my aunts recently said to me, “People want you there for the good times, but need you there for the bad times.” We needed one another yesterday. But it was also a great chance to appreciate and nourish lifelong friendships. On Saturday, we spent a beautiful afternoon with some of my closest friend in the world. Just being together. We ate, we talked, we remembered Tanji. And we even found a way to laugh between the tears.