I've been collecting my writings from years gone by as I find them. Each time I move - now 5 times in the last 3 years - I find more scraps, loose sheets, etc. with my thoughts from various times in my life. I've decided to copy as many of them as I can here to try and keep from losing them again, and to share with the world. Please feel free to comment as thoughts occur to you. Either send them to trekker9er@yahoo.com or use the comment links here. Thanks, and Enjoy!

Friday, September 12, 2003

 Spring 2000? - Generic version of Personal Essay for Scholarship Applications

      7 AM Already? I've got to get up and go to school. Is it Thursday? I'd
better not forget my flute for Band today. I hope I don't have too much
homework this afternoon. I'll have to finish it before dance class is this
evening. Then choir rehearsal. Thursdays are so Busy! Wait a minute, it's not
Thursday, it's Saturday! That means Phyllis should be here to take me to
volunteer at the Food Pantry by nine. Colorguard practice is after that and the
Football game begins at 1:30. I hope I can get to the National Honor Society car
wash to help out before then. I must remember to print out a financial report
to bring to church tomorrow for the Treasurer and Financial Committee. Oh
yes, I'm babysitting tonight too!
I love to babysit, or child-sit as one of the girls I take care of calls
it. It's a great feeling when someone puts their faith and trust in you. And
to be in charge of another life! That's a great responsibility, especially
when that life depends on you for food, etc. until his/her parent comes home.
I hope to be a good, loving mother someday.
      Before I become a mother I would like to have graduated from a
prestigious university with at least a Masters in Engineering. I hope I'll have a very
successful career in Architecture and Design or a specific field of
Engineering such as Chemical. I could then use the money I earn from being such a
success to help save the Environment and Endangered Animals for the next
generations. After all, "The world was not given to us by our parents, it was loaned to
us by our children."
      I would also enjoy finally finishing my book and having it published. I
love singing, reading, and Science-fiction as much as babysitting. What I
would absolutely love to do is design the first Space station orbiting Earth for
people to live, work, play, and raise families on. It would be awesome to
turn Science-fiction into Science Fact.

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

 February 199? - Best Friends

"Sets of Footprints"

      Once there was a girl who had spent many years wanting to be, trying to
be, and acting as an adult. When she finally was no longer a young adult but
had passed into adulthood, she paused to look back on her life. Scenes of
her life flashed through her mind, and in each memory she saw that footprints
had been left behind. At first she was happy to see that the three sets of
footprints in her memories were left behind by God, herself and her best friend.
But then she noticed that in some memories there were only two sets of
footprints, and in a scarce few there was only one set. This troubled her deeply.
She turned to God and her best friend as they looked back on her life with her
and questioned each of them.
      "God," she said. "You told me that if I believed in you and followed
you, then you would walk beside me on my journey."
      "And you," she said as she turned to her best friend. "You said you
would always be there for me and never leave me."
      "This is true," they answered in unison.
      "Then why is it that in some of my worst moments one of you left me, and
during my lowest and most troublesome times you both left me?" she asked
confused and hurt.
      "That is not true," they said together.
      "But look at how many sets of footprints there are in my memories!" she
exclaimed as she pointed to those scenes of her childhood and young adult life.
      God responded first saying, "We did not desert you. In those moments
when you were troubled and there are only two sets of footprints, those were the
times when either I or your friend carried you."
      And the woman's best friend finished, "And in your lowest, worst moments
when you only see one set of footprints, those were the times when I shared
your hardships and felt so deeply for you that they became my most troublesome
moments too, and God carried us both."

      Amy, this is how I truely feel. I know that you already know this, but I
still just needed to turn those feelings into words. You are my best friend,
and always will be. I don't know what I'd do without you. Happy
Valentine's Day! -Jen

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