Reach For the Stars

March 16, 2010
By melodeess GOLD, Edison, New Jersey
melodeess GOLD, Edison, New Jersey
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There once was a boy. Despite what everyone else said about him, he knew that he could be useful. Still, everyday when he walked through town, strangers would shake their heads sadly when they saw him. He could only turn away and blink back his tears. Rushing back home, he'd spread out on his bed. When the stars came out, he would stretch out his hands and remember his mother's words, "Reach for the Stars."
Johnny had polio when he was a baby. Ever since then, he walked with a limp. When all his friends climbed up trees and fought invisible enemies, Johnny stayed on the ground. When Ted organized a race on Miller's road, Johnny was always the first to fall behind. While all his friends walked by with their girlfriends, Johnny was alone. No one would ever accept him as a man like the rest. He watched Danny, Robby, Ted, Bill and all his other friends join the army. Johnny sat at home and watched them walk by proudly in their new crisp uniforms. As the ladies in his mother's sewing circle darned their socks and gossiped, they always averted their eyes when he limped past.
Everyone took him as Johnny Retford, always there but never useful. His family all told him they loved him no matter what. But Johnny knew that he had to do something more. He couldn't serve his country like everyone else. But he never gave up from reaching his star.
As the town's boys slowly went off to fight in Europe, Johnny attended the local college. He studied hard and lived for his dream of serving his country. As the boys visited home, rushing to their mothers' and sweethearts' arms, Johnny completed his education. When Danny and Robby did not return, Johnny was the one to salute their flag draped coffin. Johnny then decided there was something he had to do.
Johnny met up with an old friend who was a newspaper columnist. His friend eagerly accepted his idea. As Johnny Retford packed his bags and kissed his mother goodbye, he smiled. He followed the American troops and wrote about their accomplishments and defeats. He sketched pictures of scenes on the battlefield. He sent them back to the US and kept his country informed. His work became a valuable part of history. When Johnny saw his old friend Ted fall on the battlefield, he was the first to get next to him. Ted's expression was one Johnny remembered for the rest of his life. Johnny then knew that he was useful.
There was a man. Despite his struggles throughout his life, everyone knew that he was useful. Everyday when he walked through town, strangers would pump his hand up and down. He could only smile and say, "I did it for my country." Rushing back home, he'd embrace his wife and three children. When the stars came out, he would stretch out his hands and remember his mother's words, "Reach for the Stars."


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on Sep. 23 2010 at 5:57 pm
SecretNonConformist SILVER, Marblehead, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of
evil is for good men to do nothing."
-Edmund Burke

"Bless the children, give them triumph, now!"
Aeschylus, The Libation Bearers

This was a beautiful story! I loved the first sentence and how you tied in the title at multiple moments. You are a great writer and captured the time in history. Keep up the good work!

melodeess GOLD said...
on May. 11 2010 at 3:04 pm
melodeess GOLD, Edison, New Jersey
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Hey! If you decide to rate my article, thanks a lot! I would also love it if you posted a comment telling me why you gave the article the rating you chose. Thanks a lot :) -Melody

melodeess GOLD said...
on May. 3 2010 at 4:53 pm
melodeess GOLD, Edison, New Jersey
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thank you :)

on May. 3 2010 at 4:09 pm
emilyjoe DIAMOND, Algonquin, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"What if the person in the puddle is real, and you're just a reflection?" -Calvin & Hobbes

this is SO good. you are a phenomanal writer. i loved this. at first i was like "oh, where's this going?" but i really got your message at the end. reach for the stars (:

melodeess GOLD said...
on Apr. 12 2010 at 5:56 pm
melodeess GOLD, Edison, New Jersey
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thanks for your feedback :)

on Apr. 12 2010 at 4:41 pm
TeamJacobArchuleta ELITE, Chicago, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
He's the one I call in the middle of the night. He's the one who makes everything alright. He loves me with no regret...I just haven't found him yet.

Wow this is really good! The message you sent is so empowering, and I love the last line. It was really perfect closure for the story. Great job! :) <333

on Mar. 27 2010 at 8:17 pm
dancerforlifex GOLD, Monson, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
The meaning of life is to give life a meaning.

This is so inspirational! It makes me want to succed in whatever I do. Thanks for writing this. It's great. You sure have a talent about writing in emotions.

on Mar. 25 2010 at 9:48 pm
this is awesomeeee <333




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