I Remember those Years...

Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.


"In the event of my death, all my possessions will go to my wife, Joanna H. Lee." I read it again. As I slowly laid down the will on the well-glossed mahogany table, a series of perturbations and sorrows left me in a state of apprehension. The words, "I love you," could be the last words I would ever hear from my father. All I could do is pray for his surgery-pray that not it would be successful and his gastrointestinal cancer would be gone.

I was different. My first year of high school was different. My goal was different. Freshman year was a year of fear. Only months after the surgery, I was afraid; afraid I might have to dial the three numbers I never imagined I'd call again. I remember those sirens wailing, those red and white lights screaming through the breathless night. I remember the IV tubes I would set up next to my father's bed. I remember the car ride home from chemotherapy, the white face sucked of life, straining in agonizing pain.

But that's not what I remember most vividly. The emotion and stress of my sophomore year is what will stay with me forever. I remember the countless days I would not buy lunch. I remember when my parents would find two hundred dollars left in the bank...

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