When I first met Rara from Rarasaur.wordpress.com, I was so jealous.
Here was a blogger who just started blogging before I did, and she was already Freshly Pressed with a truck load of active followers. Then whenever I toured the blogosphere, her icon appeared everywhere–in the comment sections, in guest-posts, in awards of every shape and color, and in “favorite blogger” posts. Who was this person?
Then I met Rara. First, I participated in her International Label Day. She emailed me and we started a conversation. This lead to an interview with her. Then she designed the logo for Bloggers for Peace for FREE. Then she made peace cat images for FREE. Then she helped edit an ebook that I was working on for FREE.
You get the picture. Rara is one generous, loving, compassionate person. I love her, her family, her cats, her mother, and Grayson, even though I have never met any of them in person before.
During our emails and Skype conversations, we traded stories about being falsely accused of crimes. Little did I know that her accusers were not done yet. Last week, Rara signed a deal to serve 3 years in prison for a crime I know in my heart of hearts that she did not commit.
I miss my friend. I miss her presence on the internet–her inspiring comments, her colorful blog posts, her videos (I watched every one), her creativity, her selfless service, and her heart of gold.
The story that must be told is Rara’s story. It is a story that is as important as Mandela, King, Joan of Arc, Dalai Lama, and, dare I say, Christ. It is a story of injustice that leads to ascension. It is a story that lifts all humanity because of the courage, compassion, and integrity of the protagonist.
I’m going to do all I can to make sure that this story does not die. I’m going to support Rara in any way I can. I’m going to continue to send her inspiration and hope in the form of prayers, letters, visits, and love.
I ask you to remember this story and do what you can to make sure it does not die.