Don’t do it. Once you start you won’t be able to stop. Camp will be fun! Don’t worry. Remember all the fun times you had last summer. Run down to your room so that no one sees you crying. Close the door and look at your room. Now let the tears roll down. Start to finish packing your trunk. Cry while you are packing. When you are done packing, you are done crying. Wipe your eyes. Look in the mirror to make sure it looks like you weren’t crying. Now go upstairs and face reality. It’s time to leave. Look at your house one last time. Look at the messy counter, the wood floors, all the pictures of you and your family. Remember it and don’t forget it. Don’t listen to your cat as he meows. He is smart and you will know he knows you’re leaving because as you walk out the door you will still hear him meowing; don’t think about not seeing him tonight. Walk with your family. Get in the car. Talk with them. Remember your mother’s voice. Remember what she sounds like. How when she’s angry her voice gets lower, and how it gets higher when she’s happy. Do not cry. Take your sunglasses off your head and slip them in your bag. Try to be nice to your brother even though his annoying big mouth is moving up and down non-stop like a bouncy ball that just keeps jumping. Now you are here at the bus stop. Get out of the car and walk with your family. Try to smile. Give your mom and dad a big hug. Put your bags down first though. Now you are ready to get on the bus. As the bus starts moving wave at them until you cannot see them any more. Then turn around and say hello to the person sitting next to you, that person will be your best friend and almost sister for the next four weeks.
Rebecca Horwitz, Age 13, Grade 7, Packer Collegiate Institute, Silver Key