The best way to get to know someone is to talk with them about random things while asking any questions that come to your mind. This is something I learned after spending more than an hour and a half talking with Alessandra, our new book columnist over the phone.
Alessandra is sixteen and will be a senior this year. She loves almonds, gummies, tea, pulled pork, and french-fries. Her favorite word is “resplendent” (bright and dazzling), and her favorite Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” because it reminds her that in Christ you are renewed.
When asked why she wanted to write for clay, she shared her passion for imparting her insights on books with other people as everyone gathers a different message from a single book. Alessandra loves to find how literature points to God. She likes to read, and her favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Jane Austen. She relates to Sam from The Lord of the Rings because of his restlessness and anxiety, but eventually, he gets over his fears and pushes through. She also enjoys writing, running, and music. Music plays a significant role in Alessandra’s life, and she plans to study music in college. She has been playing violin since the age of four and now plays for the music team at her church. When she was small, her mom would play Vivaldi for her, and one day she picked up a wooden spoon and pretended it was a violin. One of her favorite TPS classes has been the summer music theory class along with Mr. Mailand’s history classes.
I also got to know Amos Odis, her mischievous cat. Alessandra shared how Amos is special to her because she got him from her late grandmother. According to Alessandra, Amos knows when he is doing something wrong, and all she has to do is point a finger for Amos to stop. Even though Alessandra loves Amos, her dream pet is a tea-cup pig. In addition to Amos, Alessandra has an adorable collection of stuffed animals including, but not limited to: Penny the piggy bank, Eliot the bear, and Paddington Bear. Alessandra is wonderful to talk to and get to know and I am looking forward to reading her articles this coming year on clay.