The Five People Caroline Meets in Heaven By caroline Silay

The First Day I was Born

IT'S A GIRL!!

It was August 11, 2000 at 4:38 AM, my mom is in a hospital bed at Passavant Hospital when I came into the world. The sun was coming out in a few hours, so there was dew on the grass and fog out the hospital windows. My mom was holding me in her arms and thinking "every life has one true-love snapshot" (9). I do not remember much from the day I was born. I do not remember what it was like coming home to my two brothers waiting for their baby sister, or the first time my mom held me in her arms.

My Favorite Birthday

My favorite birthday I ever had, that I remember is when I got my tattoo. This was the scariest and greatest day of my life. The day before my birthday my mom was asking me if I was sure I wanted to do this because it would stay on my body for the rest of my life, but I have thought about it for a while and I was sure. The next day, my mom, my brother, my best friend, and I went out to breakfast to get energy and be ready for the day, to make sure I do not pass out. When we got to the parlor my heart was racing and my hands were shaking. My best friend grabbed my hand with temperance and said that everything was going to be okay. I sat down in the chair and the artist told me to put in ear plugs and tilt my head to the side. Sam, my best friend, held my hand the entire time and it did not hurt as much as I thought it would. When the tattoo was done the artist gave me a mirror and as I looked at it my eyes lit up and I was so happy. It was exactly what I wanted!

My Heaven Would Look Like...

My heaven would be somewhere by the ocean where you could see the ocean and watch the sun go down and up everyday. I would see a peaceful beach with all different shells and the blue waves coming into shore. I would want to have trails where you could walk and respite in nature. I would like to be by myself most of the time, I would want my friends to be there and my brother. We would all live in a house on shore and have breakfast together every morning. There would be other people there too. I would want people who have had struggles and calamities or people who lived a good life. I would want my heaven to be happy, but also have some bad days, to feel what it was like to live. We could surf or climb trees. We would never be bored and we would always have something to do. No one would get annoyed or angry, but if someone was sad and having a bad day everyone would comfort them. If someone had disapprobation for someone else, we would figure out a compromise.

The first person Caroline meets in heaven

The first person I would meet in heaven would be my friend Davis. Davis is like a brother to me, he cares for me and it always there. I would meet him in an open field where the stars are out and the only light is the moon. We would walk in the placid environment and talk about how "scenery without solace is meaningless" (35). Davis is a sagacious poet, a singer, and loves to see the stars shining. The lesson that he would teach me would be to cherish ever moment in your life, even the little things. To take nothing for granted because some people would take a life to have what you have. He would teach me to love everyone, even the ones you hate and to make sure my light never burns out.

The second person Caroline meets in heaven

The second person I would meet in heaven would be my brother, Jeremy. He is 20 years old and he lives at home with the rest of my family. He has a job and no license, he is annoying, but I love him. Jeremy is one of the two brothers I have and I would not trade him for anyone else. He is starting to show how propriety he is. The lesson he would teach me would be to never let fear keep you from doing the things you want to do. Jeremy was afraid of driving, so he never got his license. He was afraid of letting people down, he almost committed suicide. I tell him everything and he tells me everything too. It is an amazing relationship and I hope it stays strong.

The third person Caroline meets in heaven

The third person I would meet in heaven is Amber. She is such a good friend and I do not know what I would do without her. You know when someone tells you not to tell anyone, she is the one person I can tell. I trust her and she trusts me. She is beautiful and not like anyone else. Amber would never try to beguile me. We are crazy together and I love that. Amber would teach me to not care what other people think. To not judge yourself and not to change for someone else. She is my rock.

The fourth person Caroline meets in heaven

The fourth person I meet in heaven would be the janitor from NAI. Mr. Fielding is the nicest janitor ever! He helped me find new friends at NAI when I felt like I was alone. He would talk to me and when I looked melancholy he would make me laugh by saying some stupid joke. He would teach me that life is worth living for you, not for someone else.

The fifth person Caroline meets in heaven.

The fifth person I would meet in heaven is my best friend, Sam. She is cute and pretty shy. I love talking to her and we have some crazy movie nights. We have bonfires and look up at the stars while we drink pop and play guitar. She is a nonconformist. I love her "people say they 'find' love, as if it were an object hidden by a rock. But love takes many forms, and is never the same for any man and woman" (155). The lesson that Sam would teach me would be to look around and take life one day at a time. Take life slow and do not assume or jump to conclusions.

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Created with images by DavidSpinks - "Above the clouds" • goblinbox_(queen_of_ad_hoc_bento) - "Balloons" • cbaquiran - "birthday cake cake birthday" • kayadams.com - "Sunset Fiji Style"

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