Laura worked for some years as a social worker for the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. In 1993, after 10 years as a stay-at-home mom, she found it necessary to return to working and asked her former supervisor and co-worker for references. Indeed, these individuals were also friends and stayed in touch even after Laura had left her position at HRS, but isn’t that the point? That these are individuals who knew her very well both professionally and privately.
Note that these references were written for Laura before she divorced and remarried.