A World With No Elbows

Amber - Western Springs, Illinois
Entered on February 18, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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A World With No Elbows

I believe in a world with no elbows. This belief actually stems from a story that is told to the kids at the summer camp where I work. The story focuses on a world far, far away and how that world’s people survive without the use of elbows. In the beginning, a village of people without elbows has a very hard time living. They cannot do anything affectively; they have a hard time doing their hair, brushing their teeth, and even eating. The villagers become very frustrated with their troubles and start searching frantically for a solution. After a while, the people without elbows do learn the key to success. Another person from a nearby village of people without elbows travels to share his village’s secret to living well. His village discovered that all the people need to do is work together to achieve their goals. Soon, the world of people without elbows was functioning very well. They adapted to living and working as one, rather than individually. The world of people with no elbows no longer had problems doing their hair, brushing their teeth, or even eating because they helped each other with everything. They had learned to live their lives more successfully and even had more fun because they were all working together.

While this story is essentially meant for seven-year-olds, it had a major effect on me. This story even came back to teach me a lesson only a few days later at camp. Myself and a four other counselors were assigned to carry a large six-person metal row boat up fifty five steps, from the lake to the main part of camp. At first to all involved, this task seemed utterly impossible. But our supervisor would not take “no” for an answer; we had no choice. All together we picked up the boat and started walking up the steps. To my surprise the trek up the stairs was very manageable. In no time at all, the five of has lugged a huge aluminum rowboat up fifty five steps. I was so amazed when we were done that I immediately thought of the world with no elbows story. I believe that this story is a very important lesson as to how the world should function. Though, I along with many others, have the use of my elbows, I know that I wouldn’t be able to accomplish any of my dreams and goals without the help of others. In a world full of helpfulness, cooperation, and communication every problem can be solved no matter how big or daunting of a task it seems to be. Just as the people in the world with no elbows learned, helping each other is the key to success. I believe that everyone should be able to live without elbows, counting on each other for help and assistance.