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October 2019

The Power of Friendship

The Power of Friendship and Laughter

A story of how friends always make each other laugh

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”Don’t worry, be happy” - Bobby McFerrin

 

        We all have a friend that we laugh with. My friend Saran and I are always able to make each other laugh. When my friend Saran and I had a sleepover we were always able to make each other laugh even if it was the worst joke. When my friend Saran and I had a sleepover at his house over the summer for no reason at all, we made each other laugh all night and had the most fun anyone has ever had. I show up to my friends house at 9pm after randomly receiving an invitation for a sleepover from him. I unpack my stuff and head into the room where we were going to spend the night. We start playing games that have humor involved and we laughed with each other at the stupidest stuff. We stayed up until 1am telling each other our worst and unfunniest jokes and still had the time of our lives. We have known each other since preschool and only have the chance to talk to each other a couple times each month, and when we do see each other, we have the time of our lives. We always find a way to make each other laugh. It doesn’t matter that we live in different towns, It doesn’t matter that we don’t get to talk to each other, and it doesn’t matter how late it is. It only matters that we always find a way to make each other laugh and have a good time. So even if there are some boundaries that keep you and your friend apart, there is always a way for you to make each other laugh and have a good time.


The Power of Friendship and Laughter

A story of how friends always make each other laugh

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”Don’t worry, be happy” - Bobby McFerrin

 

 

We all have a friend that we laugh with. My friend Saran and I are always able to make each other laugh. When my friend Saran and I had a sleepover we were always able to make each other laugh even if it was the worst joke. When my friend Saran and I had a sleepover at his house over the summer for no reason at all, we made each other laugh all night and had the most fun anyone has ever had. I show up to my friends house at 9pm after randomly receiving an invitation for a sleepover from him. I unpack my stuff and head into the room where we were going to spend the night. We start playing games that have humor involved and we laughed with each other at the stupidest stuff. We stayed up until 1am telling each other our worst and unfunniest jokes and still had the time of our lives. We have known each other since preschool and only have the chance to talk to each other a couple times each month, and when we do see each other, we have the time of our lives. We always find a way to make each other laugh. It doesn’t matter that we live in different towns, It doesn’t matter that we don’t get to talk to each other, and it doesn’t matter how late it is. It only matters that we always find a way to make each other laugh and have a good time. So even if there are some boundaries that keep you and your friend apart, there is always a way for you to make each other laugh and have a good time.

 


A New Beginning

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How the eighth grade has begun

 

 

So far 8th grade has been pretty good. I feel like it’s gonna be a good year but not as good as I expected it. I think the work level just spiked up a ton without really expecting it. If there were a better buildup to this year than it probably would be better because I would know the actual amount of work instead of people just saying stuff like “there’s a little more work.” 

Spanish class sounded horrible on the first two days but now it’s alright and I think I’ll do good in it. I’m still getting used to science class because I’m still not 100% confident in calculating density and all that stuff, but it’s been pretty good so far. English has been great although I feel we are doing many things at once and I’m confused sometimes because I don’t know whether to be on a pages document writing about family or if I’m supposed to be on the Fenn voice or typepad posting something on my blog. I just think it would be better if we did one thing at a time. 

I think math is gonna be pretty good for me this year. I started off the year pretty rusty not getting the best grades on homework but after these first weeks I’ve gotten back into the routine and I’m understanding the topics a lot easier than I did in the beginning. 

Justice Without Borders is still kind of odd. Not just the name of it but the actual class. I don’t really know how this class is gonna go throughout the year. We started learning about human rights and what they are and then we started learning about the United Declaration of Human Right and the different articles, which we did a project on. That class is ok I just don’t really know where it’s gonna go. Now video. Like many other people my arts class is my favorite out of them all. It’s just so different from a normal class. We had our first class where we watched a movie and learned the different filming techniques used to make a good film like the movie. 

Our first project was to make a 90 second film in one take. You could have different clips but each clip could only be filmed one time. After we finished the project we watched them all together and laughed at them together. It’s just a really good time. And I think one of the main reasons it’s so good is the teacher. Mr. Wachs just knows how to make a class fun and enjoyable while still learning at the same time and I think that is something very hard for teachers to do but credits to all the teachers who at least try to make it fun. 

So yeah 8th grade has been fun but it’s a lot harder than people said it was, and what I expected it to be.

 


The Power of a Cottage

How one cottage can get rid of all worries

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“Its nice finding that place where you can just go and relax” - Moises Arias

 

Some places in our lives are just like no others. It only took a cottage in New Hampshire to get rid of all my worries. My grandmother owns a cottage in New Hampshire. I visit it twice every summer. It is my favorite place to go because while I’m there, nothing worries me. There is nothing to get stressed about. Just me and my family relaxing. While my family and I are at my grandmothers cottage on the New Hampshire coastline in Hampton, nothing can go wrong. It’s summertime and I am worry free. I just get to sit down on the and relax. My family and I had just arrived at the cottage. We finish unpacking and it’s around 2:15pm. The air is cool and there are no clouds in the sky. It’s like heaven. I walk inside and the smell fills my head with memories of visiting this place many years ago and all the good times I had there. It’s just impossible to not have a good time there. As I sit down on the couch I just start thinking. And not one time have I thought a negative thought there. All of my worries just flew away. It didn’t matter if it rained. It didn’t matter if someone messed something up. And it didn’t matter if something didn’t go as planned. All that mattered is that we were in our happy place. Where there was nothing to stress over or worry about. So whether it’s big place like town or a small place like house, there is always a place where worries are gone and you always feel happy.

 

 


Windsor Mountain

The lessons that only one trip taught me

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“Come together”- The Beatles

 

 

When I entered the cafeteria to the mumbles of some 70 classmates of mine. I saw them crowding around something, no, they were crowding around someone. Someone who was on they ground. I was getting closer and the mumbles starting forming into words. They were talking about how this someone had been trying to climb the rope and reach the top for a while. As I started  to enter the crowd I saw that someone sitting there. It was a friend of mine, his name was Panha. A couple of people came over to motivate him. Than all of the sudden he sprang up onto the rope. Nobody was expecting it. Most of us at thought that he had quit because he looked so tired. But because we all realized how much this meant, we all came together as a group and cheered him on. This was enough motivation to get him all the way to the top. My experience at Windsor Mountain taught the important lessons of how far we can go coming together as a group, and how bad things get better.

If people come together as a group nothing is impossible. We helped out an innocent struggling classmate of ours because we came together. When we came together as a group, we knew that his struggle would be no more, and that he would succeed. I knew from the second he hopped on that rope, that because we were strong enough as a group, we would succeed in our goal to get our friend to the top of the rope and hit the wooden beam. It didn’t matter that he was struggling. It didn’t matter if he failed one more time, and it didn’t matter that a couple of people weren’t joining in. The part that really mattered was that majority of us had the heart to come together and celebrate something so small, yet so special.

But however not all experiences can be positive ones; in fact, we have to face disappointment in life many many times. I had a very disappointing moment at Windsor and it went like this: I had just gotten to the waterfront for the second time during the trip. I had my GoPro with me so I could capture every special moment. I hung out at the main part for a little to get used to the water. When I was done I headed over to one of the most popular areas at the waterfront—the rope swing. It was very crowded there so I had to wait for a little bit. But while I was waiting is when I thought about how cool it would look if I filmed it on my GoPro. So I grabbed my GoPro, attached the head strap to it, and put it on my head. When I got back the line had gone done a little so I climbed up to the top. After a couple of people went it was finally my turn. I was so nervous not knowing what was gonna happen when I released the rope after I swung down. So without hesitation, I jumped. I held onto the rope very tight. My feet hit the water and got me off track. I let go of the rope and totally back-flopped into the water. I reached the surface and started heading back to shore. I heard a couple of kids saying something to me but I couldn’t understand. But when I got got to shore that’s when I made out the words. “Your GoPro is gone.” As soon as I heard that I instantly started getting nervous. There were so many emotions going on. Some telling me that I was gonna find it, and others telling that I was screwed and that my parents were gonna kill me. I got some one to try and see if they could find it by diving down into the water to find it, but they were not successful. So after trying so hard I eventually gave up. I was so disappointed that for the rest of the time I had, I just sat in my cabin alone. Thinking in my head and playing cards with myself. When the trip was over I came home to tell my parents the disappointing news. I was expecting them to flip out and yell at me, but part of me was saying that it was going to be alright. So when I told them, the positive part of me was right. They were telling me how it was going to be alright and how it got lost being “used in its proper way.” But in the end things turned out alright. 

 We all get disappointed. Sometimes it’s more hurtful than others. That was one of my most disappointing times. When I lost my GoPro, I was so disappointed I felt the world was gonna end when it so obviously would not, and that friends and family will always be there helping me and supporting me. I was disappointed to the point that I didn’t know how my life would continue, but because family is so supportive my life is now continuing normally. Although I lost an expensive item, Although people were putting me down and saying how my parents would kill me. And although I felt the world was gonna end. It didn’t. And sometimes you just have to know that. That things will always get better no matter what. And if I can get through it. Than anyone can. So don’t spend so much time being disappointed, and look at how things will get better. A lot better.

Windsor Mountain showed me many things I thought I would never see. People coming together, and how some of our sad times can become a lot better.

 

 


The Power of Family

The Power of Mom

How my mom helped me through a tough time

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“Soon You’ll get better”- Taylor Swift

 

 

It is our mothers that helps us through the worst parts of life. When my father was sick, it was my mother that helped comfort me to make sure I was okay. After my father had been diagnosed, my mother was the first one to make sure I was ok and that I wouldn’t get too sad. My mother was the one who had to tell me about my fathers disease. I was in my house just trying to get some work done. She immediately comforted me after telling me to make sure that everything is okay. She cared for me so much to the point where I didn’t have to worry anymore.

        My dad was starting to act a little different than other times. As time went one it got worse. After many hours of doctors appointments and him having to retire from his job as a mailman they found out what he got. My mother didn’t tell me until a couple weeks after. I asked what he had and she told me the news that he had a “sub-type of Alzheimer’s.” I didn’t know what to say at first. I was so confused. All I could think about was “is that the same as normal Alzheimer’s? What does sub-type mean?” She came to me and told it was okay and how it wasn’t deadly. She explained everything to me and it made me feel a lot better. Now that she made me feel okay and that he’s been taking medications we recently got the news that he has gotten a little better. I couldn’t be happier. If my mother hadn’t comforted me I would probably still be worried and that is the true power of family.

Although I know he won’t 100% recover. Although he isn’t the same as he used to be. And although there were monsters in my head telling me how things wouldn’t get better. My mother was there for me. To comfort me. And now he’s recovering. Little by little. No matter what mothers will always care for you, no matter how bad the situation, they will always be there. Even if you aren’t with them all the time.