I am partial to a teen girl who is sure of herself, confident, willing to be intellectual, willing to listen to different kinds of music, willing to educate herself in history and politics.  Marika is the essence of composure.  She is sure, steady, confident, artistic and creative.  I am blessed to be able to hang out with Marika on occasion.  It makes me wish I had found my real self a little sooner and explored intellectual thoughts and creativity passionately when I was that age.  She makes me feel more mature and also more vibrant and full of youthful hope at the same time.  When I recently caught her playing the piano, I knew I had to paint my delight.