Have you ever met someone who you really thought a lot of? For me, it’s
my Aunt Angie. Actually she is my Great Aunt – my Grandmother’s sister.
Angie is in her 70’s. She pays attention to the little things like straightening the
ketchup and arranging the potato chip bowl at family picnics. Angie loves to
garden and she plants beautiful flowers every year. Even in the fall, her flowers
are still blooming. They give her house that special touch that says. “You’re
welcome her anytime. Just like Angie tenderly looks after her flowers, she looks
after her son Billy, but he can still do the basics, like brushing his teeth or
dressing himself. Ever though he is 43 and still lives with Angie, there are lots of
things that Billy does independently. He helps out his senior citizen neighbors
too. My aunt has to write down every penny he makes for cutting lawns. The
government keeps track of his income and spending to make sure my aunt is not
spending the money on herself. (Not that she ever would).
Billy likes to stay active. Whether he is swimming on the Special
Olympics or telling the family secrets, Billy always manages to find something to
keep him busy.
As Angie gets older and more fragile, she worries who will take
care of Billy when she dies? Will they know what to do? Will they know how to
But everything will work out when to time comes. For now they have
everything in place. You look out for me and I’ll look out for you. You cry in my
arms and I’ll cry in yours, I’ll tell you my good news and you tell me yours. They
are like two peaceful dogwood trees blooming in Angie’s backyard. They just
make toy feel special being around them.
Working Draft – Alex
from ISTE 2004 workshop by Jeanne Biddle, Scott County Schools