Friday, September 28, 2007


Today I learned about Columbine High School. Today my life changed once again.

Today in school a guy named Richard came to our school to talk about Rachel's Challenge. Rachel Scott was the first student killed at Columbine High School. He talked about how she wanted to change the world and a month before she died she wrote a school essay and in her essay she said a few things that keep playing like a movie over and over in my head. She wrote this: " I have a theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it can start a chain reaction" and she wrote," My codes may seem like a fantasy that can never be reached, but test them for yourself, and see the kind of effect they have in the lives of people around you." It made me think long and hard about the kind of person I am and the kind of person I want to be. So today I started this 'chain reaction'. At lunch I saw a kid sitting by himself at the table and I said to my friends Darren and Desiree,' I'm going to go sit with him. Do you want to come?' They did and at first it was a little awkward because other kids were starring at us like we were crazy but after a few minutes another few people came over to sit down. And then another few people. By the time lunch was over the picnic table was filled and we had kids surrounding us. It felt great. I felt a sort of warmth in my heart. The person that kept going through my head was uncle Joe. Mostly because I know Joe was the very same way. He wouldn't let anybody be alone during activities or anything fun. He was the first person to ask you if you wanted to go on a boat ride with him or go for a walk or something.

At the very end of the program thing Richard asked us to picture people that we a gratful for and people that we couldn't live without. I cried uncontrollably because I thought of Joe. Then he asked us to go home and tell the first person that popped in our heads, that we loved them. I cried even more because I could not come home and call Joe and tell him I loved him. So insted I screamed it and then started crying again...whats wrong with me?

If you can I want to you to go to this website and read what she wrote and watch what I watched today its on there just check out the site. I know this is for high school students mostly but I know some adults out there that can act the same way as teens. I don't mean you guys though.


Steph said...

I'm proud of you Heather.
There is nothing wrong with you.
It hurts to lose him and there's nothing wrong with that. He is proud of you too.

I love you Heather Feather.

Robin said...

Good job Heather, spread the love...