"Appreciate the Important People" – SW

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I am 13 years old and will be attending Phelps Ace HS in the fall.

I have one sister who is about 2 years younger than me. My 8th birthday party had an impact on my entire life. That was the day my mother passed away. I invited my friends and family to my birthday party. The party was at my house. It seemed like it was going to be the best day ever, but it wasn't.

My friends and I were in my mom’s room watching Halloween movies on Disney Channel (My birthday is on October 20th). The adults were in the living room talking and drinking. Everyone was cooling off after all the games were played. After a couple of hours, people started to leave. Only a couple of my friends and cousins stayed over. My aunt stayed over too, she fell asleep on the couch. After my mom and I cleaned up, it was almost time for the kids to go to bed. I asked her to fix my TV, so my friends and I could watch TV before going to bed. The TV cord had a shortage in it so she had to position the cord a certain way in order for the TV to power on. When she was fixing it, she suddenly collapsed. She passed out. I started to panic. I ran into the living room to wake my aunt. When my aunt woke up we called the police. When they finally arrived, they wouldn’t let us enter the room that she was in. After a few minutes, they took her to the hospital in an ambulance. We later got a call that said my mom had passed away from a heart disease that was exasperated by her drinking alcohol. This was the worst news to hear on your birthday. My aunt and I had to later tell my sister, who didn’t come to my party. A quote that helped me overcome this obstacle was, “Cherish those you have in your life because you never know when they won't be there anymore.”  I like this quote because it tells you to appreciate the important people in your life. My advice to younger scholars is, if you are trying to overcome a tragedy, stay close to the people you love because they will help you push through.

– SW