First, buy everything you like such as candy, cats, dogs, books, board games, ice cream.
Find your friends and the things you like from nature.
Then buy tape and super glue and then mend all the wars together and turn them into parties.
Turn bullying into people talking about what they are going to be when they are older.
Most of all, make everybody happy!
Happy is what everybody wants to be, but sometimes can’t.
Today I feel so happy.
I love candy.
I don’t know why I’m happy.
Oh, I am happy because
I stuck myself today.
Sometimes, I feel split in half,
like a sunset with beautiful flowers and
a frost with so much horror and death.
But today I feel like dancing,
like the couple in Paris and
playing like a Jack Russell terrier
and eating much too much candy
which the hospital won’t give me.
And I am sipping a cup of tea.
By DeAndrea, age 12
Collage made by the author and published in the anthology, My Hand is So Complicated and My Mind is a Mystery, published by Writers in the Schools and Texas Children’s Hospital