It has been about one year since I last wrote an email about Lauren. Now it has been about two years since I met Lauren. We spent ten glorious days together in Israel. Together we lived, learned, and worked with our bare hands to benefit Israel. As I read over my last email, it seems so long ago that I wrote it. So much time as past, so much I want to update Lauren on. I know you informed me that Lauren thought about going abroad to Israel, and it does not surprise me because of her passion for the country. She was so happy for those ten days, I will never forget her smile. Right now I am abroad in Italy, and my friends are about to visit me on spring break here. Two years ago I went to Israel for my spring break, not knowing that I would meet Lauren and she would forever alter my life. I have religiously followed her story since day one, and two years later, I haven't stopped, and I will never stop. I watch everything on TV, post about it everywhere and make sure everyone I know, knows that I know Lauren. Her story, her life, and her legacy will never be forgotten.
When I moved to Italy, I moved in with three girls whom I had never met before. As we were all sitting around during dinner one evening, they mentioned staying safe in Italy because of Lauren Spierer. My head shot up, and I asked them if they know her. They were surprised by my reaction, and continued to tell me that they do not know her, but they have followed her story since the beginning and Lauren has changed their lives, along with all of their friends (they go to 3 different schools across America). They told me that they had never met anyone before who actually knows Lauren and they were interested to speak with me about her. We spent the entire evening talking about her, but mostly about my experiences with her. I always speak of Lauren with a high head, and laugh about the great times we had together for those ten days. Although they questioned me about her current situation, I tried to focus them on who I know her as. These three girls showed me that Lauren has touched so many more people than I will ever know. That night when I went to bed, she was on my mind more that usual, and I know it was because her story is still being told. And may it forever to told.
At school, I help run freshmen orientation. I make sure to tell Lauren's story to ever freshmen I help adjust to my university. Her story is so important, and I want to inform every young person I can. I also tell them about the admiration I have for the Spierer family that cannot truly be put into words. This is a situation is something no family should ever have to face. Yet, the writing you have produced is beautiful to read. I respect your family so much. Charlene, specifically, I look up to you more than you can ever understand. You are so brave and I think that manner in which you have handled yourself in the public eye is remarkable.
This summer will be my first time back to Israel since I was there two years ago with Lauren. Her presence will be with me everyday. Even though I think about her daily, I know that this summer she will be with me as I walk through the land that she adored so dearly. She appreciated Israel for all it was. It was my third time in Israel, but I know it was her first and I loved getting to watch her experience Israel for the first time. The joy Israel brought her made me feel like it was my first time all over again. This time when I stand at the kotel, I know she will be standing beside me.
Spreading the word about Lauren is very important. I will never stop. I will never stop praying. I will never stop loving her. I will never stop posting about Lauren on facebook. I will never stop tweeting about her. I will never stop believing in her. I will never stop, I cannot stop. Lauren is amazing and beautiful inside and out. Lauren will come home. I know she will. She must. I will never stop. No one will ever stop. Because our love for her will never weaken. Our support of you and your family will never falter. The determination to find Lauren is so strong. We will never stop until Lauren is brought home where she belongs.
I hope to day is the day.