you are the absolute sweetest person i have ever had the pleasure of meeting. you make every room you walk into brighter and fill everyone with such a tangible joy. it is near impossible to be sad around you. your exuberance, everlasting happiness, and the light you bring is precious and one of countless things i admire about you. i am very thankful to call you my friend, and i feel like a better person from knowing you. you've taught me so many lessons and always lift me up when i am down. your talent and creativity are unmatched, and i always look forward to your new projects. your willingness to strive for your dreams and go after what you believe in is honorable and hopeful and refreshing. you are an immeasurably strong woman, maria, and i love you so very dearly.
merry christmas, maria