This I Believe

Nick - South Jordan, Utah
Entered on January 7, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: equality

I believe that everyone should have a voice. Whether it is as unimportant as joining in on a discussion at the dinner table or as crucial as a political debate, everyone should be aloud to speak their mind and express their emotions and thoughts on a subject, at any time. Every person’s voice should be heard.

Once when I was at summer camp, when I was about 8, my older brother and I were walking together at lunch and we saw a rattlesnake by the bathrooms. We rushed to our counselor and told him what we saw. Of course, he didn’t believe us, and said that there was no way that a rattlesnake could be by the bathrooms, “it would never go there.” Well, it did. I kept trying to tell the counselor that there was one there, but he eventually tuned me out and went on talking to one of the children.

I didn’t know what to do. I was only 8 and I couldn’t do much anyway, so I went back to eating my lunch with my brother. I’m not sure when it happened, but a short while after went back to lunch, a boy that had come out of the bathroom hadn’t seen the snake, and he was getting a drink when the snake started rattling and leapt at him to bight the boy. Luckily for the boy, the snake missed. He came back screaming and crying, from what I remember, and told the counselor that I had told. The counselor rushed over to the bathrooms and killed the snake with a shovel. I don’t know what happened after that, I didn’t tell anyone that I had told the counselor before the boy almost got bitten, I should have. If my voice had been listened to in the first place, that boy’s life wouldn’t have been at risk and no one would have to be scared, as soap opera-esque as that sounds.

Every person’s voice should be listened whether or not what that person says is as important as saving the world, or may it be two brothers trying to alert a counselor at a summer camp that there is a rattlesnake by the bathrooms.

I believe that everyone should have a voice, and it should be heard.