Bye sweet baby Raphael, my best friend of ten years.
You were with me through the many phases of my 20's—first as a struggling cocktail waitress in North Carolina, then a disgruntled tech employee in New York City, and eventually a commercial photographer in San Francisco. You've been by my side through countless jobs, friendships, relationships, and studio apartments.
You watched me grow up. You entered my life when I was just a kid, and you spent your last months sleeping on my pregnant belly.
You disappeared six weeks ago while on one of your daily vision quests, and while I hope you will show up and surprise us sometime soon, I think you either became coyote food or went to put yourself to rest. I'm glad that after a decade sharing studio apartments with me, your last year on earth was spent roaming the outdoors of Sonoma County, happier than you've ever been.
I'll never forget you, little dude. You were a special one, and I and so many others will miss you.