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October 2018

The Power of Family

 

Supporting Each Other

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“Lean on me, when you're not strong and I'll be your friend I'll help you carry on”

-Bill Withers

    A large family means help is always there. The benefit of having a large extended family is that I have many trusted people who love and care for me. When I have had challenges, my larger family has been there to support me. When I had my knee injury I was not able to participate in sports so I did the musical at school. Some of my extended family came to support me and watch the musical. Scared, nervous, and excited, I was standing on a block in the middle of the stage for the opening scene. I knew when the curtain opened that my family would be in the seats and they would love me no matter how I did. The tech crew pulled the ropes and the curtain opened. I saw my family clapping and smiling. I immediately felt comfortable and happy on stage. My family has been there for me in big and small ways. I feel lucky to have a lot of cousins, aunts and uncles who care for me. Also I have some cousins that live close to me. Sometimes I invite my cousin Max who lives down the street over to play pool, video games or just catch up. For the cousins that live far away I am able to talk and connect with them during reunions or via text. Sometimes I’m having a bad day and I get a funny SnapChat from one of my cousins that makes me smile. At reunions or family vacations I feel safe to share my struggles with my cousins or other family members. My grandparents have been especially supportive of me. I want to always have my family here for me and I will always be there for them. 


A Shift

The Chance to Desire Life Again

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“It is not the bruises on the body that hurt. It is the wounds of the heart and the scars on the mind.” 

-Aisha Mirza

    Ones very will to live can be corrected by being with others that truly care for your well being. In the novella Call of the Wild by Jack London, Buck was blessed to run into John Thornton and his dogs to forever change his desire for life. Buck endured a series of masters before John Thornton who used him, beat him and slowly decreased his desire to live. Buck was harshly treated by many men who tried to break him and make him a hard working sled dog. Ironically it was during in the middle of one of his worst beating that John Thornton appeared to intervene and change the course of Buck’s life. John Thornton was a different type of master. By treating Buck as a valued friend, almost like a child to be cared for, John earned the trust of Buck and Buck began to become excited about living.

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Primitive Dialogue

It Doesn’t Work

By Matthew, Luke and Tim

“It’s not working?”

“How many times do I have to tell you, it’s out of power. Maybe you shouldn’t have taken that joyride to steal George Washington’s cherry tree!

“Well it’s not my fault that those cherries are so good.”

“What year is it anyway, John?”

“Ummm.. about 300 million years B.C., the Jurassic period.”

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