Her name was Lea Rosalia Santos Zamora, a girl who's short life will forever be remembered by a "kinetic gravestone," one that would spread joy all over the country.
His name is Brent Bishop, the boy who ended her life and spread her joy when she passed.
My name is Joseph Edward Casey and here are how five themes of Whirligig relate to my life.
"Peace is a very hard thing to find."
In this chapter, a young boy from Miami, Florida is saying how he was bullied for the way that he is from Puerto Rico and how he did not talk very clear English.
In today's world, it is very hard to find peace, not only abroad but also here in the United States. It is very hard, because there has always been, and there will always be a war somewhere in the world. I think it is sad how people discriminate others by how that other person looks, what their religion is, or especially what their race is.
"Thoughts are powerful"
Alexandra was convincing her friend Stephanie that "thoughts are powerful. " Alex gave Steph a book called "Guided Imagery" for successful living as they were walking the coast of more to a place Alex wanted to show Steph. Alex says that "thoughts are the seeds of events" and by thinking something, you can make it happen. I can relate to this saying, because ever since I was a little kid, I have always wanted to play baseball for a major league team. This thought is very powerful, because it has always made we work very hard to try and get to where I want to be someday in my life. I know that I have to think positively to achieve my goals.
"Let people all over the country receive joy from her even though she's gone."
Lea's mother asked Brent to make four whirligig's and put them at the four corners of the United States. Lea's grandfather was a carpenter. He made her lots of wooden toys. Her favorite carpentry that he made was a whirligig.
I can relate to this, because my grandfather was also a carpenter that made special ornaments, angels, and Santa Clauses. My favorite carpentry that he made were the Santa Clauses. I still have a lot of them, and when I hang them on the little Christmas tree, I still am as happy as I was when I was a baby. They make me as happy as the whirligig's did for the people.
"You can't see the wind, it's invisible but powerful."
This is referring to how the whirligig symbolizes all unseen forces. This is something that I can relate to, by my faith being invisible, but it is also very strong and powerful by the way I practice it. I believe that God is a very big part in my life and I am blessed with what I have.