Collin Weckstein - Grade 7, Oakwood Junior High School
This was the worst day of my life. Lots of kids say this, but usually it’s just because they are not getting the things they want. But what does it really mean to me? I know starting off a happiness piece of literature should be happy and fun but this piece might not be to those who think that nothing good can come from something bad. I believe that there's always a bright side...a silver lining to just about everything...even the loss of a loved one.
My dad was the principal at a local High School. We moved to the city limits when I was two years old so that he could teach me and my younger sister when we were old enough. But four years ago in the middle of the summer my dad and I were sitting on the couch together, then he walked into the kitchen and I found him having a seizure. A few days later we found out that he had Stage 4 Glioblastoma Brain Cancer - aka a huge, life-threatening tumor in his brain that needed to be removed right away. When the surgery was done we had to re-teach him how to do all the basic things that we take for granted today. It took many months of hard work, but after that everything seemed to be back to normal.
Fast-forward four years and my dad was not okay. He was very sick. His medicine was not working anymore and he was going to die very soon. We were so sad, but on August 27, 2018 my sister Casey and I decided that we would find our own way to help fight the cancer. We would have a pizza/slime sale to raise money for brain cancer research. We were so excited that we could help!
The very next day August 28, 2018 my dad passed away. This was the worst day of my life. My family and I were devastated. The next day we stayed home from school and my mom and sister were going to cancel the fundraiser. But I said no. I realized how I could honor my dad. I needed to make my mom and sister happy. So I reached out to over two-thousand contacts and told them to come to my family's fundraiser to honor my dad. That Friday my sister, mom, and I (happy as can be) had the fundraiser and had an amazing time with each other. So many people were sad about my dad’s death, but a teacher told me that our attitudes made the whole community feel better. We raised over three thousand dollars to donate.
This situation is an example of how I influenced others with the power of my positive attitude, by simply being happy and always looking for the bright side. In the future I will look back on this moment for inspiration.