I wish you were here with me. I wish we could do this together. I haven’t had a kid my age to play with that I know for such a long time. You are my best friend, and if I could choose one person to be here with me, it would be you.
If you were here when I was in the caves of Chiang Dao in Thailand, I would’ve been less afraid that the ceiling was about to fall on my head. You would’ve wanted to explore more parts of the cave, and I would’ve gone with you, because I feel so much more comfortable exploring with a friend than exploring alone. If you were with me, I would have been less afraid of the ceiling caving in and more focused on trying to jump higher than you to reach the stalactites you would be jumping up to reach.
If you were here when I went on the big hike in Cat Ba National Park in Vietnam, you wouldn’t have been bothered by the massive bees buzzing around our heads and the jungle leaves falling like rain. If you were here, I would’ve bit my tongue and I wouldn’t have said, “This is really freaky. I want to go back,” because your boldness makes me feel safe, and if you noticed I was getting tired, you would’ve said, “C’mon, we’re almost there!” You are a nature person, and you are around wildlife more than I am. Even though I lasted pretty long in that jungle, I would’ve lasted longer if you were in it with me.
If you were here when I went rock climbing, we could have reached the top together. You would’ve been strong, and confident, and you probably would’ve gone first. Without you there, though, I went first, and I was as confident as I could be. I love being brave together, and I also like being brave alone. I know you feel that way too. Bravery shows in many things we do, together and alone. I can’t wait to see you so that we can be brave together again.
I’ve enjoyed this trip so much, and I can’t wait to share what I learned with you. I can’t wait to tell you all about my travels when I see you again! I also can’t wait to hear how your life has been while I was away. After being away for so long, I’m appreciating all of the comforts and people from home a lot more, and when I come back, I know I’ll treasure our time together even more. Life is an adventure, and I’d like to thank you so much for coming on the adventure of life with me. I know that sometime, somewhere, somehow, I’ll be able to share the joy of travel with you.
Your very best friend,
Madeline R. C.
P.S. Since I just told the whole world about you on this blog, it’s no secret that I love and miss you.