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I will teach her that no one can take my life away

By Woolanda Eloi  |   From : Belle Glade (Florida)  |   School : Glades Central High School

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Maybe your story is not the same as mine, but you will find your story.

Here is mine.

 Today, I’m writing my story with a lot of sadness but also with joy. Four years ago my mother told me that when I was a baby in Haiti I used to be sick a lot. My mother used to go to the hospital with me and spend her money on me for no reason. Every time I went to the hospital, the nurse who took care of me gave me a prescription, but it never did anything for me. One day a cousin of my mother told my mother she didn’t have to keep spending money on me, because I was sick and none of the medicines worked on my sickness. She also encouraged my mother to put me in a box and into a gorge the water went through. If that happened, the box would go straight to the sea, and I would die. My lovely mother kindly told her cousin “thank you for that terrible advice” and shook her head. My mother didn’t know how to say anything else, because she was surprised that her own cousin would tell her to do such a thing instead of encouraging my mother to be strong and support me. After my mother told me that story, I went in a quiet place and thought about it. Then I said, “I will not hurt my mother’s cousin, but I will teacher her a lesson that she will never forget.” “I will teach her that no one can take my life away except God, because God is the One who gives life.” And here I am now. I started her lesson with getting my education. I showed the enemy how life for every person is important. I started to take care of my mother when I was 17 years old, and I still do today. As you read or hear my story, I would like for you to think and ask yourself the questions: “What if my mother had listened to her cousin?” “Would the children of the enemy be there to take care of her like I do?” We don’t know our destiny. All we know is that tomorrow is going to be. What you give in life is what you get in return. Before you do something, you have to think about it first.

I care about my education, because education is the best thing I can do for myself, my family, and my country. I know education can make my dream come true and make my mother proud of me.

 

You can take my story as an example for you. Life is like a restaurant; you can’t leave without paying.