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A Life Changing Event.

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A Life Changing Event When I was in Year 4 in primary school, I went to my first funeral. Mr. Smith, an old man who lived across the street from me, had died. My parents said that they thought that I was old enough to attend the service. Actually, I think that they just couldn't find someone to watch me. I sat through the service listening to the vicar go on about my neighbour and how much he would be missed by his family and friends. The experience at Mr. Smith's funeral had a strong impact upon me. So, I went over to Mr. Lee's house as soon as I returned home. Mr. Lee was from China and a best friend a kid could ever have growing up. I got to his doorstep just as he arrived home from the funeral. I recounted my reflections about having attended my first funeral. Mr. ...read more.


Another thing that impressed me was Mr. Smith's ability to stay on task. Having a little attention shortage disarray myself, I would hop from one thing to another, but he would work for hours at his shop without ever getting up-save for the times that I would interrupt him. He was also very conscious about details. Perfection was necessary even on things that didn't require such exacting specifications. I told Mr. Lee that Mr. Smith was like him. He would always take time to talk with me and was always happy to see me. When we would talk, he would try to convince me that attention to detail was important. I told Mr. Lee that I felt that he wanted to teach me about work like Mr. Lee taught me about life. After listening to all my remembrances, Mr. Lee briefly asked, "Did you ever tell him these things when he was alive?" ...read more.


Lee responded, "Andrew, have you ever thought that your friend might not know how much you thought of him?" Mr. Lee's question resonated loudly inside my small head, and I understood. I felt shame and grief at the possibility that Mr. Smith didn't know how much I really liked him. I sat silently in front of Mr. Lee thinking about all that he had said and more tragically all that I hadn't said. It hurt me to think that I would never have the opportunity to make right my error. It wasn't long before I realized that this lesson of life wasn't limited to Mr. Smith; it applied to all of my relationships. As that realization dawned upon me, I got up and hugged Mr. Lee. Looking up into his all-knowing eyes, I said, "I like you, Mr. Lee. I really do. You have always been my best friend." By Andrew Feldman ...read more.

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