We are patiently waiting for you to come out of your cave. While we wait we’ve decided to celebrate your birthday with some Stories about you that will live on forever.
One day, a dinosaur appeared in my fishbowl. She was wildly drawn and breathing fire, but I wasn’t afraid. She dropped an insightful comment and left. I poked my head into her domain and found a wondrous world full of creative and awesome things. I followed her immediately.
A few months after we met, she asked me to guest post on her blog. It was my first guest post. I was nervous as hell, even though, at that point, I didn’t realize what a blogging celebrity she was. I posted what, in all honestly, is one of my most half-assed posts since I had the flu at the time, but her audience was kind, just like Rara.
For the very first FOG Mad Lib contest, I had only a few entries until she wrote about it on her blog. Suddenly, the entries poured in. I met quite a few people who are still my bloggy friends that way.
Rarasaur, my brilliant friend, you are the most selflessly thoughtful and genuinely nice person I’ve met online. You radiate guileless wonder with a sense of playful mischief. You bring joy to the world in a way Santa Claus wishes he could. You are unique, brilliant, funny and terribly missed.
I miss reading your blog. I miss seeing your little dinosaur on mine. I hate that this is the kind of world where someone like you is visited by injustices like mine. I want to protect you from all that in the way a mother wants to protect her child; not because it’s her duty, but because she wants to see that innocent beauty shine unfettered. There should be more of that in the world.
Happy birthday, my dino friend. Here’s hoping next year will free you from the bad birthday club. ~Goldfish
I saw Rara (you) before I started blogging. You sent TwinDaddy a blogcard for Holiday 2012. I was intrigued. As I read you, I was inspired by your positivity. TD posted the Lemonade post and the Jealous Blogger post. The latter made me furious because you were a bright spot in the blogsphere and people were going to be mean? I read your BBW post and thought that it was gutsy…I most remember one of your last posts. You said it was inspired by Samara. It was a lesson that I will never forget. I hope you come home soon. Happy Birthday, Rara. ~ 1Jaded1
Rara, I thought you were a guy. For some reason, I see Godzilla as a male, so when I saw your avatar, I assumed you were a male. When you finally posted a picture I was shocked that you were a beautiful woman of color. Half-Latina, Half-South Asian, Artist, Nerd, Blogger. You are still one of the most unique souls I have ever met. Over the next year and a half, I fell in love with you, your family, your cats, your husband, and your spirit. I am so grateful for the day you were born. Happy Birthday, my dear friend. Love, Kozo.
I hope you have a Happy Birthday, my friend. I can’t imagine that “happy” is often a word associated with time in jail, but for every bit of sorrow I feel for your current situation, for how dark our world here is without you shining your brilliant light, I know that you are still shining that light, you are still the amazing you and spreading your frightfully wondrous brand of knowledge and joy to those fortunate enough to share not just your birthday, but every day of the next year (or so) with you. I wish you all the bloggy love I can muster. I wish you all the RawrLove we can conjure out of the blogosphere and send your way, and, because I know you wouldn’t want it all for yourself, to everyone around you as well. I wish you peace.
When our families find each other again, we will swap stories, laughs, and tears, we will celebrate your birthday, your freedom, your life. Until then, know that there is a whole world of people who love you and sending happy thoughts and positive energy to you on your birthday and every day. Because you deserve it.
Happy Birthday, Rara. – Matticus
Happy birthday, chica!
I hit my blog-a-versary recently, which means we have been friends for two years now. We “met” when you wrote a post about video games and love (or something) and I knew I had found my quirky,proud to be dorky, soul sister. I couldn’t hit “follow” fast enough. Since that initial discussion about gaming and guys, we have formed bonds over aura and color, grief and isolation, haircuts and self-confidence, legos and dorkiness, insomnia and awareness and so much more.
That list is only going to get longer too, as the years continue to bring us closer together. You brought sunshine to me in some of my darker hours. Actually, some days you still do as I look back over our emails. I hope to always be able to return that favor and be there when you need it, even as the darkness fades and you emerge back into the world that seems so much more colorful because of you.
Love to you my dear friend. I hope to see you soon, on or offline.
Your Slightly* Older Sister-in-Spirit,
*hey, I had to make you laugh somehow, right?
It wasn’t an accident that you were my first blogger in the Year of Bloggers this year, at least I don’t believe it was. Something prompted me to choose you as the first, and those prompts were confirmed as magical after you read the post. The scripture that I decided to add, 2 Samuel 23: 4, is the same one that is engraved on your favorite bookmark, which come to find out I reckon you use it quite often. I especially love that scripture. It reads ~ And (s)he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. ~ I added the (s) because I know this is talking about you. You are the light for each of us, and especially for those around you now. The day when we meet face to face will be one of the happiest of my life. Enjoy this day and remember, no matter what – I’ll always be older than you.
My little dinosaur friend is one of the most special and rare people on this Earth.
When my little castle first started stacking its cards, there was a small but loyal following. No one really said much, but that was soon about to change.
One day, a bright, vibrant, little creature popped into my puffy, clouded world. During that moment, something magnificent took place. Someone that is quiet, a bit shy at times, and not always the friendliest, made a friend. I was amazed by her genuine kindness. The tiny dinosaur with a huge heart told me how my artwork made her smile. She spoke of another peaceful land how this art would fit perfectly there. It was then that I met Kozo, another one of her fantastic friends that welcomed me into his world with open, loving arms. It wasn’t long after she pointed me in the direction of many wonderful others, including a golden fish who’s pain was so similar to my own, but yet so beautiful.
My little dinosaur showed me it’s okay to let people in again. I’m forever grateful that we have crossed paths.
Happy Birthday, you magical being. As I told you before, this is just another tiny adventure.
On my very first blog post your little dinosaur gravatar appeared and left a page long comment! You were a blogging superstar, and I had just written my first post. How did you ever find me?
It was fate. That’s how. You doing that for someone you didn’t even know is just part of the Magic that is Rara. And that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship as you helped me navigate my way through the blogosphere. You had so many beloved friends in your life, yet you made room for one more. I never saw someone give so unselfishly of themselves before. Everyone in the ‘sphere seemed to turn to you for love and support, and you never ceased to come through.
You, with your crazy hours and your California time zone, were an East Coast insomniac’s dream come true! You stayed up all night with me on more than one occasion. Those middle of the night talks bonded me to you in ways only we know about. Thank you for being my friend when things were at their absolute bleakest.
Happy Birthday, Rara. You embody all that is good in people. You are Unconditional Love, with room in your heart for everyone. I have been inspired by you to be the best version of myself I can be.
I miss you. Please come home to us as soon as you can.
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