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February 6, 2008
Today I had all my self-centered stupidity put in perspective by a 7th grade girl. Her father is dying of cancer. She’s become one of his caretakers and undoubtedly has a huge emotional burden on her shoulders. Everyday she puts on a happy face and tries her best to be upbeat, but I know inside she’s barely hanging on and her happy face is a paper-thin façade. We’ve been talking more lately and today she even referred to me as her only friend in class and then as a brother. It broke my heart. Lackadaisical classes aren’t that bad afterall.