Yash Patel - Grade 7, Hadley E. Watts Middle School
My Encounter With Jealousy
I was the only child in my family until October 8, 2010. That specific date was my sisterâ€™s birthday. When I found out that I was going to have a sibling, I wanted a brother, but I didnâ€™t get what I wanted. All my relatives were dying to see my new sibling when she was born, and at first I was excited (who wouldnâ€™t be?). I wanted to teach her how to walk, talk, read, and write! But I soon found out that all babies do all day long is sleep, eat, and poop in their diapers. I was starting to get bored already! When my relatives came to our house, they rushed over to see Ria, my sister; they did not even glance at me! I was used to being the only child and when I was unnoticed, I felt extremely jealous and annoyed!
The jealousy slowly faded away, and I actually got to teach Ria to take her first steps, with the help of my parents, of course. All was normal until Riaâ€™s first birthday and the jealousy hit me when I least expected it! When the relatives came to see Ria, and saw her in a really beautiful dress, they pulled out their phones and probably took about a dozen pictures of her. â€œThey have never taken that many pictures of ME before!â€ I complained in my head. I sat down in a corner and just stayed there. I started thinkingâ€¦
I was a big boy, and also a big brother, so I needed to understand that I had responsibilities now. I needed to take care of my sister, do chores, do errands, and help out in any way. I had to understand that my sister is small and everyone will want to see her, take photos of her, like everyone did when I was the same age. I wanted to be a responsible, hard working person that does his extreme best in everything. I made my decision and silently stood up. I walked over to the party and sat down and had a tremendous time playing with my pretty sister. I felt that I needed to change, and I did. I found out that my sister should be a positive aspect of my life, not a negative one. That day, I had grown and changed into a true human being.