I've known Casi for more than half my life and she is my best friend. Over these past 22 years, I've had a front row seat as she's become an amazing mother, brilliant physician, and passionate volunteer. I am truly blessed to have Casi as a teammate in this game of parenting. The bond she and Sophia share is quite the sight to see. Whether Sophia's being loud and silly or quiet and focused, Casi always understands what she feels and needs. I envy her ability to read Sophia and her patience to drill down to the root cause of any problem. I believe it is because they are so similar and think so much alike. I joke with family that Sophia is a mini-mommy.
I remember in high school when Casi was told that being a doctor was a pipe dream and again in college when she was told that med school was going to be a reach. Each time I witnessed her set off on a warpath to prove those doubters wrong, showing that with determination and hard work a person can achieve anything. Especially throughout these COVID days, I am proud when I watch her "strap on her boots" each day and head out to help those in need. With as much as she devotes to being a mother and a physician, her other passion is giving back to the community. I always tease her that she is carrying too many banners but that has not stopped her from stepping up to help when there is a need. From her work with local youth groups, the women's center, literacy organization, or the school PTO, Casi is always ready and willing to help. Sophia could not have a better role model.
Over all these years, we have changed and grown together and I am a better person because of Casi. And most importantly, Casi's role in molding Sophia into a fun, kind, and empathetic kid is undeniable.