Lesson Learned In Countee Cullen's Incident

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Lesson Learned Walking into Salina Central high school in September of 2011 as a little freshman. Walking into a whole new world, an entirely new chapter in my life, little did I know I was going to learn one hard lesson that would affect my entire point of view on people. Countee Cullen wrote the short story "Incident" which is about a little boy that only remembers one thing from being in Baltimore for months. Only remembering that someone called him a "Nigger" at only eight years old. This is how I learned that people can change your whole life, for the better or the worst. Freshman year was a crazy year switching from middle school to high school. Four years that could completely flip your entire life around. Walking into high school …show more content…
Max knew how good of friends we were which soon lead to jealousy over our friendship. She could no longer stand by me at any of the sports events; he gave her rules of what she could do when around me. This soon led to my best friend having no communication with me for three years. She wouldn 't even notice me in the hallways anymore. Just like the little black boy in "Incident" he smiled at the walking kid as just right after called him "Nigger." I smiled at her hoping for a smile back or hey, but that never came. Soon I quit even acknowledging her walking pass me, acting like I never knew her. After being so close to a person for three years and then all of a sudden having no communication with them at all is the worst feeling in the world. From the middle of freshman year to the end of junior summer we had little to no conversation or interaction with one other. Until one day everything would …show more content…
I said yes thinking this is so weird, why now? We went to dinner that night, and she told me she broke up with Max. She talked about how sorry she felt for never talking to me for so long, how she finally realized he was controlling her life. After dinner, we went to the golf course to continue talking she cried that night telling me how stupid, sorry she was and that she wasted most of her high school. After so many years apart, we were still talking like we never stopped talking. We talked all night about what the past three years have been like for each of us without each other in it. Senior year I had finally got my best friend back. She was the one that showed me that people can

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