His smile

February 6, 2009
By Sarahliz BRONZE, Gasport, New York
Sarahliz BRONZE, Gasport, New York
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Favorite Quote:
People complain that life's unfair. I know it's true, but I'm actually trying to grasp the concept that life really isn't fair. Honestly, it's too fair. We should be grateful we're not dealt the life we truly deserve. We don't even know fair. We've never even experienced it. People just always want things better than what they have at the moment and they will keep saying it's not fair until they get it. But if you're always wanting more, then your "fair" will never come.


Dedicated to: Mr.Petti


I knew a person who had a contagious smile.
If you wanted to see happiness he could show it to you.
He was Intelligent, he was one of a kind.
You could never find another like him.
You could see the joy in his eyes.
And the hope in his smile.
He was my amazing teacher.
My unbelievably wonderful friend.
A loving father
and a devoted husband.
He had cancer.
But Oh no that didn't stop him.
Nothing could bring him down.
He was so strong and had a heart of gold.
He went through chemo.
With hope and faith like always.
The day he passed away,
It was tragic.
Horrific .
Unexpected.
Knowing someone so strong had passed away.
Knowing I would never get to say goodbye.
Knowing I would never see that smile that
Could brighten up someone's day.
I wont forget the smell of your room.
Or the little notes you left
On the white board every once in
awhile when you were going through chemo.
Or the Podium of Power.
The enthusiasm when you spoke.
You're known as
Tony,
Anthony,
Mr.petti
And Dad.
Or something I like to call amazing.
And even though we cant see you,
We have your memories and
That's what keeps us holding on.
We all love you.
We know your in heaven at this very moment,
With a smile on your face.

The author's comments:
Behind it all:
I'm a freshman at Barker High School.
Mr.Petti was the Freshman English teacher.
He left the first quarter of school to go through chemo.
Even though I didn't know him for very long, I learned a lot about him
And he taught me a lot of things.
Sometimes I would come into English class
When he was gone and there would be a little note
on the board saying something like:
Hey kids! I miss you!!!
And just knowing he was thinking about us
Meant a lot. Finally he was coming back
February 5th
I had been counting down the days for him to return and
Finally it was the day before.
I was at home when I got a text from my friend saying:
Mr.Petti died a few hours ago.
At first I thought she was kidding but
When I found out it was true
I Was so sad. It hit me so hard. I wasn't expecting it.
No one was expecting it.
And the news just killed me inside.
But it has to be hurting his
Wife and children 50 times worse'
He has touched so many peoples lives.
I know he wants us to be happy though and
Go on with life with a smile
and always have hope.
That is the biggest lesson I learned from him
To Always Smile
Thank you Mr.petti

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