As you can see, she loves books. She is an avid reader and learner. What amazes me about her is her ability to recall, years later, something she has read or learned. I highlight books I read and often need to go back to remind myself what the book was about. Not Alyssa, she is a walking, talking memory bank. She continually astounds me. I love having her in my life.
She has enriched my life in so many ways. Her love for learning inspires me to want to be a life long learner and I have learned so much from her. Then there is the way she can sum up a situation in the most articulate way. Recently we were talking and she stated, "activism can be borne of (or rooted in) compassion or bitterness". Wow, I thought, I wish I had said that. So true and so insightful and yet she was filled with compassion and grace as she made this observation. We should all have a friend like Alyssa!