My friend, Melissa (center), loved ballet. In high school, when she wasn’t talking about music or poetry, it was usually ballet. It was something that had been a part of her life for such a long time. Our senior year of high school, she even spent half of her school days at a really fancy ballet company studying. I was so envious of her ability to dance and only spend half a day in school our senior year. One year, either junior or senior year (ahhh .. the joys of a faulty memory), I got the chance to see her perform in D.C. at this large venue and it was such a big deal. I just remember being really proud of her .. there was my friend .. on stage .. performing beautifully.