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Alexis - St.Louis, Missouri
Entered on February 5, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: setbacks

I am a 14 year old girl. I have lots of friends and family. They always make me smile and they are always there for me. I have fun and enjoy myself when they are around, but what do I do when they are gone? I used to think that once someone leaves you, they are gone forever. All of that changed.

A few years ago, my uncle joined the marines. I was broody and bridle that he had to depart. I was a stray cat deserted by my owner! He was the only man in my life that I could really talk to about anything and has fun with. I was also solicitous that something might’ve happened to him. As time went by, he came back to visit when he could. I was really happy to see him, but he also had to leave again. One evening my mom explained to me that he was moving to Oceanside, California with his wife. By then, I began to contemplate that it was the end of the world! I spent a lot of time hoping and praying that he would come back. I even got on my mom’s nerves about him. A few years later he called us and told us that he was coming back home.

To this day, every time I see my uncle, I smile. I am very thankful that he made it back home safe with no injuries! We still have a great relationship.

I began to understand that just because someone leaves you, it doesn’t mean they are gone forever! For example, if your cat or dog runs away from home, he’ll be back. If a family member goes away to live in another country, state or city, it doesn’t mean they are never going to come back home. If it’s God’s will, he will bring them back. Maybe they are missing you too. You never know! It’s not the end of the world!