Melanie Shearer

%E2%80%9CThe+saddest+moment+in+my+life+is+when+my+father+died+five+years+ago.+It+didnt+affect+me+personally.+I+guess+I+just+miss+him.+He+was+%5Bvery%5D+interesting+and+fun+to+talk+to.+I+was+very+close+to+my+dad.+But+around+the+time+he+died%2C+I+hadnt+seen+him+%5Bfor%5D+a+few+months.+There+are+like+a+lot+of+stories+of+when+%5BI%5D+was+a+baby.+%5BWhen%5D+we+went+to+public+places%2C+I+would+go+%5Bup%5D+to+random+couples%2C+and+I+would+tell+them+all+these+random+words+like+my+alphabet.+My+dad+would+just+sit+back+and+watch+me.+I+remember+we+would+come+home+after+and+eat+nasty+bananas+filled+with+jelly%2C+and+I+hated+it+so+much.+Yes%2C+I+would+say+my+dad+keeps+me+going.+He+would+be+very+upset+right+now+if+he+saw+my+grades.+He+always+wanted+the+best+for+me.+I+just+kinda+started+focusing+on+myself+once+he+died.+Im+not+doing+good+in+school%3B+there%E2%80%99s+no+point.+I+decided+to+start+drawing.+I+can+honestly+say+I+just+do+it+for+fun+now.+But+it+eases+my+mind+and+distracts+me+from+reality.%E2%80%9D+%0A-+Melanie+Shearer%2C+9

Kerra White

“The saddest moment in my life is when my father died five years ago. It didn’t affect me personally. I guess I just miss him. He was [very] interesting and fun to talk to. I was very close to my dad. But around the time he died, I hadn’t seen him [for] a few months. There are like a lot of stories of when [I] was a baby. [When] we went to public places, I would go [up] to random couples, and I would tell them all these random words like my alphabet. My dad would just sit back and watch me. I remember we would come home after and eat nasty bananas filled with jelly, and I hated it so much. Yes, I would say my dad keeps me going. He would be very upset right now if he saw my grades. He always wanted the best for me. I just kinda started focusing on myself once he died. I’m not doing good in school; there’s no point. I decided to start drawing. I can honestly say I just do it for fun now. But it eases my mind and distracts me from reality.” – Melanie Shearer, 9