I have always appreciated good literature and well-written verse. That is something Alyssa and I have in common. But wisdom, appreciation, and courage are qualities that don't come together by chance. They are acquired by dogged determination and persistence in the face of obstacles and voices often telling us otherwise. That's where our commonality ends. Alyssa's fortitude is unreal and far surpasses anything I ever hope to achieve in my life, but that's OK. There isn't a nicer or more deserving person on earth for these characteristics. And she shares them with everyone she meets. That way, Alyssa makes us feel better and better about ourselves.
Miracles happen all around us every day. Though we don't always understand them as they occur in our midst, we soon realize the influence for good that they have in our lives. Reality just keeps getting better. Alyssa is evidence of that.