Does my heart good to see you grow by leaps and bounds.
Gad, my dear, if you can get over that overwhelm you felt not long ago, you can handle anything life can dish out!
And, likely, so can your little client.
That's what you have in common, I'll bet...feelings...the sense of something more, no matter what.
I'd give a lot to have seen that joyous smile!
One thing I finally believe, is that it is very good to have someone thinking good things about you...and non-judgementally. It took me many years of 'cringing' at my own foolish 'mistakes' (and even anger), to realize that some might never have thought 'badly' of me...that they may have recognized my basic goodness all along.
In one case I saw a person at a distance in a dream, and they smiled a small smile. It was okay. I was okay. They were okay.
Your little lady will never forget your smile and wave...and, probably never will you.
Now, maybe the perps need a little smile, and encouragement to live better lives.
I think we never know how far-reaching and effective are our thoughts. Maybe just 'doing' a mental smile, even when we can't imagine how they could change, and surely don't care for their previous actions and attitudes, helps.