Never Regret Smiling

Emily - Windsor, Colorado
Entered on November 4, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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Have you ever done something then later regretted what you did?

I believe that if something in life makes you smile, then never regret it.

This summer I went to Wisconsin with my family. My mom and I had never been there to my dad’s cabin and to meet more of his side of the family. On our way to the cabin we stopped at my cousin’s house. My dad told me she was one year younger and her name was Karissa. We got to their house and after I met everyone I ran off with Karissa. We had so much fun playing guitar hero and running around outside. Before we left I begged for Karissa to come to our cabin for the week. On the road, she talked and talked. I found it annoying. When we got to the cabin I remember my mom pulling me aside and telling me that Karissa has Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyper-Active Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and short/long term memory loss. I will never forget how I felt and what a long, annoying week it would be. Every morning Karissa would talk about the next day and what she was going to eat that night. I think the thing that bugged me the most was that she would follow me around and tried to be just like me. I was regretting ever inviting her because by day four she was really on all of our nerves. On the fourth day we went with some friends to a lake. We had rented a speed boat so all 4 of us kids were learning how to water ski and tube. It was so much fun learning these new things. Karissa and I were laughing and having so much fun together that I had forgotten all about how annoying she was, until that night when we got home and she started talking about the next three days again. I forgot about all the fun I had and again I regretted bringing her with us. I was so glad when it was day seven. Finally, we got to take her home. I remember waiting for her to leave and her not wanting to go at all. On the way home I thought about the trip and even though I was annoyed, I thought about how much fun I had. I was regretting inviting Karissa and wondering what it would have been like with-out her.

I learned even though my cousin was really annoying she just wanted to be like me. I no longer regret bringing her because I had a great time with her and I was someone she wanted to be. I would not have had the fun that I did at the lake if I was by myself. So next time you regret something, think back, did it make you smile?