I am one of so many sending you healing thoughts that you are bound to get better! You have always been an unstoppable force of nature. Your keen intellect, good nature and strong values are what I remember most about you from back in the day, and these have served you well and will continue to pull you through. As I see your pictures on the news, and hear Obama talk about “his friend Gabby” it has been so surreal (wait, she’s my friend, how is she your friend TOO?!) that I’ve been talking to some of the old gang just to assure this is really happening and share some tears and memories.
The day you were wounded I went to the ‘Secret Garden’ (as we called it then) at Scripps to leave flowers. The campus was empty because the students were on break. I sat thinking about how much we laughed, learned and loved on that campus. All the meals we ate together and ideas we hashed out. I thought, would I have believed it then if I knew what was happening now?
I send you love and healing thoughts from my 19 year old self and my present self knowing that as much as we change we are essentially the same. You always were and will be a warrior! Be strong and brave, Gabby! We’re rooting for you!