We have been in a poetry-kind of mood, so here I chronicle Elsa’s first year abroad.

Inside
There was a voice
Gripping a bright-white avalanche of words

Outside
There were the descriptors
Bashful, timid, shy & demure

Inside
There were ideas
Preparing to illuminate the sky

Outside
There was stillness
A paralyzing hesitation to try

Inside
There was genius
That would one day fill eyes with glittering tears

Outside
There was doubt
When nudged to conquer fears

Inside
There was courage
& all the blazing nerve not to be outdone

Outside
There were glances
In the direction of the dazzling sun

Now
There are
Tutus, unicorns, & giggles

Now
There are
Friendships, effervescence, & joy

Now
There is
Confidence, persistence, & grit

Now
There is the light
That was always there, on the inside
Burning bright, on the outside

-AJL