Promise YourselfTo be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.To give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.To think we'll of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
Dear Aunt Loretta,Thank you so much for the awesome pants How did you know I wanted that for Christmas?I love the way the pants look on my legsAll my friends will be so jealous that I have my very own pants. Thank you for making this the best Christmas everSincerely, Greg
Friends are like underwear .... Some crawl up your ass... Some snap under pressure... Some don t have the strength to hold you up... Some get a little twisted... Some are your favorite... Some are cheap and just plain nasty... And some actually do cover your ass when u need them too.
Years passed. The trees in our yard grew taller. I watched my family and my friends and neighbors, the teachers whom I'd had or imaged having, the high school I had dreamed about. As I sat in the gazebo I would pretend instead that I was sitting on the topmost branch of the maple under which my brother had swallowed a stick and still played hideandseek with Nate, or I would perch on the railing of a stairwell in New York and wait for Ruth to pass near. I would study with Ray. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway on a warm afternoon of salty air with my mother. But I would end each day with my father in his den. I would lay these photographs down in my mind, those gathered from my constant watching, and I could trace how one thing my death connected these images to a single source. No one could have predicted how my loss would change small moments on Earth. But I held on to those moments, hoarded them. None of them we're lost as long as I was there.pgs 230231; Susie on closure
I've got this.' Apollo stepped forward. His fiery armor was so bright it was hard to look at, and his matching RayBans and perfect smile made him look like a male model for battle gear. 'God of medicine, at your service.'He passed his hand over Annabeths face and spoke an incantation. Immediately the bruises faded. Her cuts and scars disappeared. Her arm straightened, and she sighed in her sleep.Apollo grinned. 'She'll be fine in a few minutes. Just enough time for me to compose a poem about our victory: Apollo and his friends save Olympus. Good, eh?'Thanks, Apollo,' I said. 'I'll, um, let you handle the poetry.