Thunder rolls in, lightning strikes, winds pick up, power goes out, buildings fall, people are trapped inside their own homes, and then the storm leaves. A hurricane collides with a country, and wins. Neighboring countries, citizens of the world refuse to allow the affected population to suffer more than they already have. When necessary people are always willing to work with each other to fix what needs fixing. Regardless if it is an earthquake, hurricane, typhoon, tsunami, or just a war torn territory, kind-hearted souls are here to lend a hand.
The water came in and washed away lives, picked away at hearts, a tsunami came to Japan, and so did suffering. There was a plea. Orphans begging to go home, mothers calling for their children, tears, and that plea was heard by the world. Some packed their lives in a suitcase and took off to help people they’d never met. Others raised money, with songs, with lemonade stands, with heavy hearts, and a city was built again, with song, with lemonade stands, and with smiles.
The world doesn’t need a superhero. We’ve done well without one, and when it comes down to it, could a superhero really fix our problems? Could a superhero really prevent disaster? No, no one can prevent disaster (of the natural kind) and no single person can fix what’s broken, but we can, and do help ease the pain and loss. People aren’t gods, we can’t choose who gets hurt and who doesn’t. We can only work with what we have. People can give their hearts and lives to a cause, and already do. People can make a difference together just by caring enough to try.
This paper, written by a Texas ninth grader, scored an 8 on the 2017 STAAR English I EOC.