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A Boy's Greatest 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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He said,

"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 and sister.

On top of anything else, that is my biggest fear."


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When he finished reading his journal he looked up to see all of his classmates with tears in their eyes.

He smiled and said, "Well... What did you expect?"


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