Life is better with a good friend, one who pushes and protects, prods and pulls back - sometimes all in the same day. I spent last Saturday with my favorite girl friend, and it has recharged me in every important way. We don't tell each other everything - but that's not the rule for solid friendship anyway. The dance is less about leading and following, now, and more just about soaking up the glorious music.
You don't need a daughter to have a happy life, for sure, but I'm convinced it is essential to have a friend like Kate and a day like Saturday.