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What Makes Me Different
It was a beautiful sunny day, I walked through the front door and the whole house seemed to frown. “How was your day?” asked my mother. “What makes me different than everybody else?” I sharply replied. My mom looked at me shocked. Then she stopped cooking and sat down with me. “Here sweetie, let me tell you ten things that make you Anokhi” she said gently with a wide grin.
“One, you always make me chuckle. You drop things constantly and sometimes drop ... yourself!” I looked up at her and I chuckled, and then returned to my gloomy self. “Number two; you are the youngest in the 6th grade! Number Three, you have a different background.” “What do you mean?” I asked. “You’re Indian and you should be proud of that!” she replied. I sat there thinking “Wow, that’s true, I never thought about that!” “The next thing that makes you special is that you are a marvelous baker” she exclaimed happily. “You’re just saying that!” I mumbled as I fumbled with my hair. “You make the best brownies as if you are a mini cake boss!” she said. I began to feel a little better, but she still had six things to say about me.
“The next thing is that you’re very determined and never give up and that’s important.” I was beginning to become hungry. My mother got up and began to cook again, as she stirred my soup the wonderful aroma filled the room. “Mom, you still have to tell me a few more reasons!” She came back and pulled me close. “Umm…oh, Anokhi, your tap dancing can put a smile on anyone’s face, but on the other hand your fear of heights makes you ..well.. you!” she said happily. “Well, I‘ll agree with that!” I replied grinning. As I looked and listened to my mother, I realized that her positive words filled me with joy. “You’re environmentally friendly," she paused and thought, “you use stainless steel bottles and recycle often” she remarked with a wink. “Number nine, you dislike being away from me, actually the whole family! That makes you extraordinary.” “Thanks Mom!” I replied. “Wait, one more thing, your name means unique! If you don’t think that is special then what is?” I sat there speechless. “Mom, you’re the best! I love you so much!” “Here’s a question for you,” my mother said, “do you think you’re different now?”
Anokhi Grade 6