The best thing that happened to me during that incredibly painful time was that my father met someone special. The relationship didn't last, but I met a wonderful friend as a result. There are very few people who have had a profound effect on my life, but this friend did, and as a result of us recently being reunited, he is again. He was my confidante, best friend and a soul mate through stormy times. Although our lives have taken very different paths he is once again a cherished friend that lights up my life today.