Brianna Stidham - Grade 9, Kettering Fairmont High School
The Time I Helped My Cousins
We were at Marion's Pizza to meet up with family from out of state. I had been watching my twin cousins, Abby and Zach, who at the time were about 6 years old. Their mother and older sister, who was about 10 years old, were at the checkout buying a bag of candy. As we were about to leave, my grandma got dizzy and fell to the ground. Since she had been in the hospital a month prior and multiple times before that , we all thought the worst. An ambulance was called and we waited for its arrival. As soon as Abby and Zach realized what was happening they started freaking out. They were yelling and they were crying. I told them everything was going to be okay and that they needed to be quiet so people could concentrate on helping Granny. I gave them candy and I took them to a table in the corner. I continued to hug them and tell them everything would be okay.
My positive influence in this situation was keeping the kids calm. Me keeping them calm made the whole situation better. Abby and Zach crying made everything more stressful for everyone. People were trying to figure out what was wrong with my grandma but they could only focus on the screaming and crying. The motive for my actions was love. I knew that I needed to get the twins away so that the adults could help my grandma. If I hadnâ€™t got them away, who knows what condition she would be in now.
Throughout this situation, I realized a good quality in myself. I can keep calm and act appropriately in scary or nerve racking situations. As soon as the twins began to act up, I knew that I needed to get them away. I was successfully able to get them away from the drama and was able to calm them down. I kept them distracted until the ambulance arrived and the medics got my grandma out of the building and on her way to the hospital.