A little kerplunk! sounds as I drop another rock into the water. I dip my fingers in the rivers ice-cold water to maneuver the stone so that it lets no extra water through my make-shift dam. I step back to admire my work. Rocks are piled in a messy row, creating a little area of calmer water in the river by Mills Riverside Park. I smile. I'm lucky, I know, to have such a place to come and play.
I run over to the path to the main part of the park. My dog, Bo, romps around in the grass. My mom examines a little bud growing in the dirt. I'm halfway down the path to where she is when I come to a sudden halt. Three shiny, bronze pennies lay at the toe of my shoe. I exclaim to my mom and she turns to face me.
"Find a penny, pick it up and all the day you'll have good luck!" she choruses. "And three, that's three times the luck!" She turns and keeps examining the buds. I crouch down to look at the little bronze pennies.
Listen up, people! we have voices we are strong we're not 'just kids' we live we work (and yes, we play) and you do those things too so don't underestimate us we can make just as big of a difference as you can. so listen up! we have things to say big ideas to tell you we have things to do powerful, life changing things listen up, people! kids can make a difference too.
Under the shelter of my roof I curl into blankets the dog licking the tips of my uncovered toes 80's music playing on the stereo and an empty popcorn bowl by my side moonlight flickers across the pages of the sixth Harry Potter book I smile as I reach my favorite part the noise of pages flipping chourus's through the room the cat struts in waving her bottlebrush tail glaring at the dog ah, home it's different for all of us
I remember when I was lying in bed saying I'd never fall asleep I remember yesterday when I thought online school would never end I remember last year when I thought 2020 would never come but here I am awake not in school and in year 2020 it feels like it went fast but really it's just over.