True Friends Rise to the Occasion

June 7, 2009
By Erika Bermudez BRONZE, Lawndale, California
Erika Bermudez BRONZE, Lawndale, California
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Although life brings in many adventures, there’s still some times where we wish we could wake up and realize it was only a nightmare. Unfortunately I’m still waiting to wake up and see my life the way it used to be.
When I was younger, I thought that I had the most beautiful life a ten year old would always dream of. I always expected it to be the same way up until the day I die. I would go to theme parks and travel around the country with my family without a worry in the world. I didn’t care much of life or anyone in it other than my family.
I was very fortunate to have a great childhood and family. People would come and go into my life, but I wouldn’t mind. I would just keep moving forward; until I lost a good chunk of my heart. Who would have thought that from relaxing in a room, would come months of crying. That one simple phone call changed my life from beautiful birds chirping to a dark dungeon with no escape.
My cousin called my brothers and I and told us to rush to the hospital because my father was dying. We didn’t know what was going on and didn’t hesitate. I remember sitting in the waiting room and the doctors telling my mother that he was gone. My heart fell to the ground and I saw my father’s eyes for the last time. At that moment, I didn’t know what to do.
For the next couple days, the rumor had spread and there were phone calls left and right. I would remember my dad’s face and I would break down and the only people that could help me were my friends.
On the day of the viewing, I was scared to see my father because I had never gained the strength to see a dead body. My whole body was trembling and I couldn’t even walk. I felt as if I wouldn’t make it through the night. My brother had to help me out and basically carry me to a bench. It was beyond a nightmare.
I was hurting on the inside but when my friends got there, they made it a lot easier for me to deal with the pain. They were just at my side making sure I was fine. I cried on their shoulders and they even found ways to make me smile.
At that moment, I realized how many true friends I actually had in my life. They were all there for me when I truly needed them. They helped me because they knew that my family was hurting as well as I was and that they were incapable of helping me. I couldn’t believe the amount of people that went to support us through the pain. They made me realize that every person that comes into our lives, come in for a reason and we should cherish it.
Nightmares are unbearable, but when there are people who you can talk to, the pain goes away. That saying about friends being there is actually true because no matter what the situation is, those people who care are at your side.

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This article has 14 comments.

jvxpres15 said...
on Jun. 29 2009 at 2:44 am
Thank you for sharing this very personal story. Im sure many teens out there are going through this same exact situation, some may not have friends and family to stand by their side, but hopefully they can find comfort in your work.

JoyUbaaaa said...
on Jun. 27 2009 at 4:17 am
awww erika !

this is soooo .. idk but i like it !

i wish i was there when ur in need :[

but u kno i cant since i move and all . :[ but you know you can always call me or txt me and stuff everytime you need someone .

i miss you erika !

and i love youuu <3

ill drive there someday !

when i can drive lol .

virg21 said...
on Jun. 27 2009 at 2:19 am
You are great writer! sadly enough you lived this nightmare,this will make you stronger person for the rest of your life. Continue writing your feelings it will help heal your heart.

goly29 said...
on Jun. 27 2009 at 1:39 am
This is a great story. I am glad you have good friends to help you through hard times. Continue writing.

E.Hinojosa said...
on Jun. 25 2009 at 8:49 pm
Dude this is tight

AnaBrmdz said...
on Jun. 25 2009 at 4:48 am
Wow... Loved actually speechless. glad you worte this and

keep on writing this is awesome :]

Love You Eri

manny101 said...
on Jun. 23 2009 at 2:16 am
wow. this is deep stuff, I bet it must have been hard to go through this. Its good that you write about it cuz that should help you. great article.

bear09 said...
on Jun. 22 2009 at 7:20 pm
wow you know how to write!! this is amazing. i really enjoyed reading it and its true we should not take everything fro granted. but cherish the ones we have as long as we have them.

alexbrdz75 said...
on Jun. 22 2009 at 6:21 pm
Tragic, yet terrific story about friends and family uniting to overcome the most difficult hardships of life when losing a loved one. Well-written! Continue writing.

He1990 said...
on Jun. 22 2009 at 3:30 am
This was a really good story. You can see the impact its made on this person and hope for better things in the future. well written. please don't stop writing what you feel.

monica1991 said...
on Jun. 22 2009 at 2:09 am
im speechless... you made me relive it and see the things i didnt see at that moment the amount of support there was and yes those friends you have are something special so take care of them. Great

miriam92 said...
on Jun. 21 2009 at 3:01 am
this is a very deep and beautiful article. i am speechless. but i loved this aricle.

becca said...
on Jun. 21 2009 at 2:48 am
wow...when reading this i got chills. Erika you know that no matter what i will be here for you. im just down the street and a phone call/text away. i dont know exactly how you feel all i can say is im here for u and ur family if u ever need anything love you lotz -rebecca A.

bgirl123 said...
on Jun. 21 2009 at 2:09 am
I really like it. It was truly a heartwarming story.


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