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To my friend Maria Vamvalis - thanks for posting this article about gratitude and the value of true mentorship. Albert Camus was a hero of mine during the high school years.....I read everything of his that I could get my hands on. So I found this article really moving. Like him, as a child my father was absent and I also had a mentor/teacher (he was our next door neighbour) that shone a light into the dark parts of my childhood, thereby saving me - his name is George Bays Wilson. I am forever grateful to him for taking me under his wing; grateful for his adventurous, generous spirit and for sharing with me his love of nature. But more than anything, George, thanks for believing in me and for showing me what a real man looks like.