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Andy and the Wall

By: Justin R.
Indiana, Age 15

Once upon a time, there lived a small, young boy named Andy. Andy was in sixth grade but was very tiny for his age. One day while Andy was walking along, he saw this big wall and decided from that point on, he was going to get over it somehow. He decided climb over the wall because, since he was smaller than the other kids he knew that this would help him get more popular and less made fun of for his height. There was not anything special on the other side, just the fact that he got over made him full of joy. He started that day trying to get over the wall. Unfortunately, no matter how hard he tried, he could not make it over. The wall was just too big and Andy was too short and weak. After a week went by, Andy was just about to give up because he had not gotten over that wall, yet. While Andy was trying again, a high school student named Jim came walking by Andy and started watching him. “What are you doing?” asked Jim. “Oh, I am just trying to get over this wall,” replied Andy. As the days went on, Jim saw Andy keep trying to get up and then failing. Jim decided that it was time to ask Andy if he would like some help. So, one day, Jim went to Andy and asked. Andy, with a confused look on his face asked, “Why do you want to help me? I am just a sixth grader and you are in high school.” Jim answered back, “Well that may be, but I saw a friend in need and decided that it would be better if I would help you get over because we would be better together.” Andy was in shock and could not say anything but nod his head in agreement. So, Jim helped Andy overcome the wall, and in the process, they were able to develop the start of a good friendship.