Well, okay. Not quite an ode. More like a tribute. Or a love letter.
Clara is a ball of sunshine. She’s always ready to give advice and listen to my ramblings. She’s a great late-night working partner and is always keen to share a bowl of spicy ramen. Clara is a deep, thoughtful, caring human being. She has a way with words– written words– and can write the socks off almost anyone I know. She is a genuine person and is fun to be around. She makes me feel like a real person when I want to curl into ball and let the world spin around me.
Clara’s blog is as adorable as baby shoes. Her posts are always insightful, thought-provoking, and deep. Her ability to find images to go along with the posts is astounding, and she is a GREAT regular poster (something I aspire to be!). She is not afraid to write her mind, even if it’s a one-line appeal, a journey, or a heartbreak. Clara, half the time I read your blog I want to reach through the screen, across the country, across the world, and give you a gigantic bear hug. And because, Clara, for some reason your blog won’t let me post, I’ve written you this ode. Or tribute. Or love letter.
It’s to let you know that I’m here for you, no matter what. It’s to let you know that even while you’re in Denmark and missing everyone just like I am, we still have each other. And when we go back to school for the spring, you and I will be the people with the stories to tell, the life experiences, and the battle wounds to show for our trips. Plus each other. ‘Cause you’ll always have me. So don’t fret, enjoy your trip, and cheer up some! Because even though it’s a terrifying new experience (at least for me, it is), you’re there to have some fun. 🙂
Also, an aside: no worries. There is no before and after; there is only now and what comes next.