We always said we'd catch up, Neha. After the months I was gone, I was so delighted to see your smiling face come around the corner of your kitchen wall, before you squealed and ran over to grab me out of my chair. You threw me into a huge hug; the kind of warm hug after a long absence that you never want to leave; the kind of hug that leaves you helpless to do anything but close your eyes and surrender; a hug between good friends. No words, just a hug, and we shelved months of life stories for the night. Then we did it again the next few times we passed one another. It kills me that I let you slip by and never got that chance again.
The Wisconsin men's tennis team will wrap up their conference season this weekend against No. 75 Penn State on Friday and perennial Big Ten powerhouse No. 4 Ohio State on Sunday.