My Biggest Fear
A teacher gave a journal prompt to her seventh
grade class asking what their biggest fear was.
When the class was done writing, she asked a couple
of them to read out what they wrote. Most children
that spoke out said they were afraid of being abducted
or dying or bugs or stuff like that.
She wanted to hear from someone new and hence,
she asked the kid that never speaks at the back
of the class to read what he wrote.
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"Sometimes when I lie in bed at night while
my father is off fighting fires somewhere, I'm afraid
that the floor above him will cave in and I'll never
get to see my daddy again.
I'm also afraid when my mom is off bartending late
into the night that a man will assault her and she
won't be the same mommy I once knew.
I'm also afraid that my baby sister will roll over
while she's sleeping and suffocate herself.
I lie in bed thinking about this stuff every night.
That's why I don't get annoyed when my baby sister
cries in the middle of the night or when I see headlights
in the driveway at twelve o'clock as it means my
mom is home late or when my dad calls home at eleven
because he forgets to say goodnight to me, my mom
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On top of anything else, that is my biggest fear."
When he finished reading his journal he looked
up to see all of his classmates with tears in their
He smiled and said, "Well... What did you
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