As children, Estrella and I would hike around the trails behind our grandparents house, catch snakes, lizards, fish in the lakes, ride our bikes and spend the days picking blackberries. Growing up with my cousin Estrella was an adventure every day, one that I am honored to have shared with her. Life can be short, holds no guarantees and at times brutal, but I know hers was filled with laughter and smiles which is all that is needed to make her story an ultimately happy one. To Kota, while anybody would have loved for your mother to have had more time in life, don't let it get you down. She loved and was loved by many. As the quality of a book isn't based on it's number of pages, it's the content of our lives that define it's value.