I met Emily shortly after I started working at Credit Dauphine. Like many young women, I was intimidated… by the world. I was sort of desperate for a little guidance. As he had been for most of my life, my father was busy working. I’d lost my mother when I was six… so I didn’t have anyone to go to. No role model. Arvin invited me for dinner one night. I remember after dinner was over, Emily walked me out to the car. I didn’t know her at all and she said in this simple, reassuring voice… “You’re gonna be okay.” Thinking of Emily, I often wondered about my own mother and what she would have been like, had she lived. Would she have been as strong as Emily? As kind, as good? I always told myself that she would have had those qualities even though I couldn’t see them, I simply believed them. But Emily wasn’t just the mother I never had. She was the mother all of us wish we had.