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My neighbor passed away today. How, how, do you comfort a little girl, only 11, who has just lost her mother, just gone through the most difficult and painful year of her life thus far?
Just over a year ago, her mother was diagnosed with brain cancer. By the time her cancer was detected, the tumor required immediate surgery. It was two days between diagnosis and surgery. The past year, she’s seen her mother recover, weaken, have a seizure, and love her so much, so that when she’s gone, she’ll have loved her enough for a lifetime. This girl hasn’t shed a tear the entire time. So strong, so beautiful, so devastated. I want so much to do something for her, but right now I’m not really sure what I can do, but it’s really all the best I can do to help her. Reminds you that life is short, anything can happen. Don’t waste a moment, any moment.

Cherish every single moment. Don’t let thoughts of death keep you from living, let them inspire you to love while you can, live while you can, embrace what you have. Be strong, be there for other people, give your own parents and family some leeway when they are under pressure and cranky, give everyone some leeway. Understand that despite it all, we’re all held together by something, something binds us together, and remember that, not what makes us different.

Live every moment. Love every person. Cherish every heart.



Posted September 19, 2012 by aderyngrace in Uncategorized

9/11 Reflection   1 comment

A bit late, but this was a reflection piece I wrote on 9/11 when I needed to clear my head.


In the midst of the school year, in this chaos of AP’s, SAT’s, teenage relationships, really lovely English teachers, sports, and the thirty million extracurriculars we all need to get in to college, it’s time to take a step back and remember. It’s September 11th, 11 years from a momentous day for the United States, and I’m ashamed to admit that I had hardly given it a thought. Math test this morning, bio quiz tomorrow, it’s been two days since I’ve practiced piano…life just seemed to be more urgent in the present. The attacks have come full circle; by now, Mohammed Atef and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, masterminds of the attack, have been killed and captured, respectively, and Osama Bin Laden, leader of the terrorist group that is responsible, has also been killed. So what should this day mean to us, the survivors, the bystanders, the Americans of today? In numbers, 3000 people perished, 4 planes were hijacked, 3 targets successfully attacked, two icons of New York destroyed, and in less than 150 minutes, we were at war, and any whim of security shattered. But on that day, we were also 1 nation united. That day is a reminder that 3000 people were extinguished because of hatred, because of ignorance and intolerance. It is a time for us to honor those lost and to remember the courage and valor of the first responders and everyday people in a time of need. It is a day to remember that the split-second decision of forty people saved countless other lives. There will always be people who want to hurt others, but at the same time, there will also be good people willing to stand for what is right and to fight evil in any way they can. With a much more personal perspective, 9/11 is also a humbling reminder not to take life for granted. Live every day with meaning and respect, and look forward to bettering and improving yourself and filling your life and others’ with happiness. We all have vices, one of mine is hubris, but they will evolve as we grow as people, and ultimately, they are all curable, and we all have the chance to change ourselves. Our choices matter and can change the world, starting with ourselves. Maybe we’ll never get the opportunity to test ourselves, to know that in that moment, we would have the courage to make a choice that would end your own life but save so many others, and for that we should be thankful, but even on a much smaller scale, choices matter, they can make a difference. Life is a journey, not an endpoint, so it’s never too late to change yourself for the better. Don’t let the things that are out of your control stop you from doing the things that you want to do, and above all, don’t forget to live life as a whole and experience every moment.
-Remember September 11th


Posted September 14, 2012 by aderyngrace in Uncategorized