Have a Little Heart

Kaitlyn - hudsonville, Michigan
Entered on January 25, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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Have a Little Heart

When did cooties materialize and friendships vanish? Upon finishing elementary school, beginning middle school changed everything. Lunch rooms segregate into cliques. Friendships suddenly evaporate. By now, everyone has judged others and choose their friends accordingly, which differentiates from kindergarten where everyone was united. Background, religion, gender, athletic ability, intelligence: it made no difference. Whether one desires to admit it or not, these characteristics slowly inhibit their ability to have diverse friends.

By high school one’s friendships generally dwindle to a meager few friends and even fewer trustworthy ones. Reminiscing in old elementary year books, one can surely determine that they had many more playmates in those times.

Passing them in the high school’s hallways, one seldom hears a, “Hello,” or, “How is it going?” from past friends. I believe everyone should befriend others. Anyone can connect with everyone it just takes some heart. If the world would just give a little more heart, those elementary school years would not be the end of our diverse friendships and maybe, just maybe as adults we could learn to get along and befriend others.