A mere friend will agree with you, but a real friend will argue.
My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn't, couldn't end there. At least that's what I would choose to believe.
Honour a date, celebrate a milestone and wait not a moment longer to make someone, even just one, feel loved and appreciated.
Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.