by Winnie C.
Early one Tuesday morning, I woke up to attend another happy kindergarten day at Washington Elementary School. My daily routine was to wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to my babysitter’s home, and go to school from there. After arriving at my babysitter’s home, I approached my best friend, Chanell. She was about as tall as me, with long curly hair and a couple teeth missing because she was growing up. Chanell and I were some of the brightest kids in our class.
We always shared our homework with each other before going back to school. But there was a problem with mine. I always completed my homework, but I forgot to get it signed. My school teacher, Ms. Brown, always wanted us to get our parents to sign our homework. I think she liked knowing the fact that parents would be more informed on what we were learning. But it was too late to ask my mom to sign it. She’d already left for work.
“Aw, man, I forgot to have my mommy sign my paper!” I exclaimed to Chanell.
“Well, have my grandma sign it,” advised Chanell.
“No, I’ll just do it myself. She won’t know,” I said quietly.
“Are you sure, Winnie?” she asked me.
“Yes,” I replied.
Once arriving at school, the hallways seemed longer than ever before. The classroom doors seemed taller. At this point, I was a little worried but I never let it show. I slowly walked in my class and placed my paper on Ms. Brown’s sandy brown wooden desk.
“I sure hope the red ink made it look like Mommy’s name,” I thought to myself. I know Chanell told me not to do it, but I really needed it signed. My mommy always told me to be a big girl, so I am being one now. Big girls sign papers.
“Winnie, what is this?” asked Ms. Brown.
“Ms. Brown, it’s my homework,” I replied.
“Why does your mother’s signature look so different?” she asked.
“Umm, my mommy just started going back to school,” I replied.
Winnie C., a high school senior in St. Louis, wrote this paper for her Advanced Placement English class. After completing high school, she plans to pursue specialized training in culinary arts and earn her bachelor's degree in hospitality and business. Winnie's career goal is to open up and manage her own restaurant.
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