We recently hosted our first Disneyland Writing Contest for our After-School Tutoring students in Mar Vista, who were tasked with writing an essay about the happiest day of their lives. 826LA’s Partners in Time members read the four finalists’ essays and selected a winner: Nelia, who earned three Park Hopper passes to Disneyland and California Adventure.
Nelia’s essay used evocative detail to chronicle the birth of her baby sister. A star student in Mar Vista’s After-School Tutoring program, Nelia is a sixth-grader at Mark Twain Middle School. She enjoys drawing manga-style art, is learning Korean, and loves YA literature! Continue reading for Nelia’s full essay:
Hello my name is Nelia and I’m going to tell you my happiest day of my life.
When I was little I saw every one in my Pre-K class have a sibbling. Then that day when my mom came to pick me up I told her “I want a little sister.” She stood in silence. She told me “Maybe not now but soon.” I asked her why not now? Why soon? She explained to me that taking care of me is way to much responsibility but when I’m older perhaps I could have a sister.
Years passed but I think as I grew older I forgot about having a sibbling. Later that month in September my friend’s mom was pregnate. I told my friend I would never want a sister or brother. She was so happy she was getting a baby sister.
Two months later my mom was pregnate!!! I was so jealouse I thought my sister was going to get all the attention around. I told my mom I was moving out! So for the past six months and a-half. I kept going with I don’t want a baby in our house! I moving out thing!
But on my birthday some thing made me change my mind. On May 24th, 2011 my friends sister was born! I reagreted all those terrible things I said. When the baby was in my hands I though of how much fun I would have with her and how we will grow together So gave it another chance.
Once again two months later on July 28th, 2011 she was born. I got so happy I was speachless. I felt I was begining a new life! My sister was so small and while she was asleep I held her and she was my new dream. I asked “What’s her name?” my mom said “Nathalie.” The doctor said they were only going to stay For Four days so my mom could get better.
Snif….Snif. The Fourth day my uncle picked me up from school but when we arrived at the hospital My sister wasn’t in the room. My mom was in her regular clothes but she was crying because the doctors said my sister was yellow so they stood in the hospital for one more day. So my uncle took me to the mall so I can get distracted but later my dad took a picture of my sister in the taner to my phone but I ignored it because I felt like crying but no. The next day when I came back from school she was home!
During the years we get along but we get in to minor fights but we get along very well. We do many fun things together! I teach her ways to strech just like they teach me at school for gymnastics. She likes to copy me just to be like me. When I feel under the weather she likes to hug me, kiss me, or play around with me. Every Day of my life I enjoy having her. I am proud of being a big sister!
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The Happiest and Saddest Day
At the age of ten, my parents gave an adorable birthday gift, Rex. Indeed, Rex was lovely and small and his eyes sparkled like diamond. His white fur was as smooth as velvet and everyone in the family loved him because he was full of life. One day after school, I came home to find a box placed on my bed. I was eager to open the box to see its content. To my surprise, a small animal that resembled a rat jumped out. At some point, I was scared that the animal might be unfriendly; however, amidst my fear, the animal came closer, hold my pants as it stared at me with its crystal-like eyes. Ultimately, it was at my first acquaintance that I developed some love for him, and all the other kids in the neighborhood loved him. Henceforth, I used all my pocket money to buy him the best food, and I spent most of my time playing with him. This gift was the best for me at the time, and I adored it every passing second.
Opposed to my humble expectations that I will be friends with Rex for long, one day, after keeping Rex indoors for a year, I decided to take him out for a walk. Sadly, while enjoying the fresh air in the park, a wildcat, whose eyes were fireflies attacked him. He screamed and ran away from the attack; however, the cat caught up with him. Although I am the fastest thing on two feet, Rex was already dead when I came to his rescue, and I was was lost in a sea of nameless faces. The passing on of Rex was indeed the saddest day in my life then, and I mourned him for two days, and I even remember him up to this date.
Indeed, Rex was not just a mere animal; he could understand my moods. For instance, during my sad moments, he could lie beside me and stare at me with his dazzling eyes. Moreover, when I was happy, he could be extremely active and jump around suggesting that I play with him. Rex was indeed my precious pet, and I will never forget him come rain, come sunshine. My experience with Rex encouraged me to love and appreciate animals; and his untimely demise taught me to cherish every moment I spent with my loved ones.