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The Healing Tree

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One spring day in May 2021, I looked out the window and saw the sun peeking out from the clouds. I realized that I had spent the last 445 days mostly alone. I had to leave my room. After a long day of school Zoom meetings, I felt drained. Every day was like the next. […]

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Lucky to Have Me

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One day about two years ago, my older sister came home and said, “Pack a bag. We are leaving the country.’’ We had lived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) our whole lives. I asked her, “Where are we going?” She seemed in a hurry. “It’s not the right time to know. We […]

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After a Soulmate Friendship Ends

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Names have been changed. Madison and I were in the same religion class freshman year of high school. At first, she gave me dirty looks or rolled her eyes when we made eye contact. I had no idea why. One day, however, she complimented me in class. Surprised, I told her I thought she was […]

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Mourning, After

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The last time I saw my grandmother was in 2014, when she was 92 and I was 10. It made her so happy to watch us grandkids play in her backyard, having fun. She laughed and giggled like crazy. My grandmother lived in Minnesota. Unfortunately, we couldn’t visit her that often because plane tickets are […]

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