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The true gift of friendship

Dear Editor:There’s a scene in the movie “Splash” where Tom Hanks’ character, Alan Bauer, presents a gift to his mermaid-turned-human girlfriend Madison. In an offbeat way this scene reminds me of Donna Robinson.Madison, who is used to living life as a mermaid and is unfamiliar with the human world on dry land, looks at the gift-wrapped box, ooohs and aaahs, and then excitedly exclaims, “Oh, Alan, it’s sooo-oo beautiful, thank you, I love it.” However the gift hasn’t even been unwrapped yet. Alan, with a look of confusion and amazement tells Madison, “No … you open it.”What does this have to do with Donna Robinson? If you’ve ever received a gift or a note of any kind from Donna, you know that the package was as carefully crafted as the contents. Every ribbon, every knot, every letter on the address, the label, even the paper itself was meticulously and artfully crafted. Fashioned so beautifully that, like Madison, you would be so overwhelmed by the presentation that you might just think that work of art was the gift.After the appetizer of the packaging, inside you would ultimately find another creation of Donna’s – made with you personally in mind. Gifts were created, not purchased. It might be a photograph she snapped of you, your child, your dog or a place that she knew held a special meaning for you. One thing for certain, she always captured the soul of the subject. All finished off, of course, in a frame that pulled it all together. If not a photo, whatever it was it would be well thought-out and personalized.Donna’s creativity, attention to detail and personal attention to those she loved was carried out in every aspect of her life that I’ve seen. Her manner in presenting a gift was a microcosm of how she lived life.In everything Donna did, every detail mattered, because whether she was sorting through letters for Hunter’s book, writing a news story on an issue for valley readers or wrapping a gift for a friend, she was doing it for someone and it had to be done thoughtfully and with care.So many people from so many different walks of life cared for Donna and called her a friend because she cared for them, and it showed.In Donna’s case, you could judge a book by its cover.John DuffyGrand Junction