The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.

David Foster Wallace

Last week I wrote my first original program in Ruby (with the exception of the one I did for my Ada application) – a “card” with various messages for Matthew as a gift on our 14th anniversary. I feel like it is fitting that I would create my first program for him, because he has been an unbelievably supportive and encouraging presence in my life, always believing in my dreams and plans and pushing me to accomplish more than I think is possible.