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Friends are Angels

Exchange of letters between Richard Hoagland (Josephine) and R̷̢̨̨̞͖̖̫͇̠͛ͧ̀͋́̊ͦ̈́̽ͩ͊͗̐ͩͥ̀͌ͥ͠ǫ̛͆́͛ͤ͆̄ͨͦ̈͌͢҉̢̬̠̪͖͚̺g̷͎͚̠͑̓ͩ̐͠ȩ͛͛̉̿҉̷̵̦̠̟̰̮̪͉̰̠̠͕̻̹̹̱͙̜m̴͈͉̞̻͊̊̊̈́̽̓͑̋̅̿ͤͦ̌̇̑͝͡s͋̽̽̎ͪ͐͆͋̔ͦ̑̕͞͠҉̝͍̥͉ ̝͕͙̹͍͕̹͍͔͙͓̮̗ͪ͒͂ͪ͘͜͜Ś̷̞̭̘̥̳͆ͣͣ̽ͭ͠͡p̗͓͓͖̗̻̉͛̓́͒͛̿̓ͯ͆͝i̴̇̊̾ͩ̾̋͊͒̿͊͏̷̡͕̤͇̠̗͖̝̙̖́eͯͮͧ͆̇̿͏͇͍̳͉͈̹͙̘̰̜̰̭̭͓͔̀͡k̢̧͉̙͍̥̺̻͚ͬ̈ͪ̂̔͂ͬͭ̑̈́̆͐͐͌̚͝ͅ

Dear friends!

Richard Hoagland

My name is Richard Hoagland and I’m writing to you today as I think you’ll find this letter interesting.

A lot of what I write is due to my being the youngest editor ever to have worked at The New York Times. I have been fortunate to work with a number of amazing people, all of whom I would not be able to thank adequately were it not for the gifts they have given me.

They’ve all been my best friends for over twenty long years. And yet I still love them, even if I am not able to fully understand them or their reasons for wanting to remain with me for the rest of my life.

I can think of few reasons for why certain things about one’s relationships with friends have changed over the years. Most likely, it’s because I have been able to exchange ideas with those I’ve come to consider my most important friends.

What I can say, from my experience, is that I wouldn’t change anything about my life, or the lives of those who came before me, if I could change only their words. I’ve had the chance to exchange ideas with several hundred of them, and it has been a privilege.

Josephine

And then there are the hundreds of people who have been my closest friends over the years but still don’t know it.

I’m talking about the hundreds of people who have been the closest of friends but who still make me feel like a stranger.

I think of these friends as being like the angels.

Whatever the reasons for your friendship with me, your friendship with one of my friends should never be called upon as an excuse for not knowing your friend.

Josephine

Dear Josephine,

I’ve known you for over twenty years. I am writing to you today as you know me. I am writing to tell you I have loved you as much as I’ve loved you.

I have known and loved you for twenty years. I am writing to you today as you know me.

R̷̢̨̨̞͖̖̫͇̠͛ͧ̀͋́̊ͦ̈́̽ͩ͊͗̐ͩͥ̀͌ͥ͠ǫ̛͆́͛ͤ͆̄ͨͦ̈͌͢҉̢̬̠̪͖͚̺g̷͎͚̠͑̓ͩ̐͠ȩ͛͛̉̿҉̷̵̦̠̟̰̮̪͉̰̠̠͕̻̹̹̱͙̜m̴͈͉̞̻͊̊̊̈́̽̓͑̋̅̿ͤͦ̌̇̑͝͡s͋̽̽̎ͪ͐͆͋̔ͦ̑̕͞͠҉̝͍̥͉ ̝͕͙̹͍͕̹͍͔͙͓̮̗ͪ͒͂ͪ͘͜͜Ś̷̞̭̘̥̳͆ͣͣ̽ͭ͠͡p̗͓͓͖̗̻̉͛̓́͒͛̿̓ͯ͆͝i̴̇̊̾ͩ̾̋͊͒̿͊͏̷̡͕̤͇̠̗͖̝̙̖́eͯͮͧ͆̇̿͏͇͍̳͉͈̹͙̘̰̜̰̭̭͓͔̀͡k̢̧͉̙͍̥̺̻͚ͬ̈ͪ̂̔͂ͬͭ̑̈́̆͐͐͌̚͝ͅ

I am writing to tell you I love you.

I am writing to tell you I love you.

I know you. I can tell you.

I am writing to you as you know me.

I am writing to tell you I love you.

I am writing to tell you I love you.

I am writing to tell you I love you.

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