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Make It A Splendid Week – “Crazy Thanksgiving Ride”

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A camper having fun riding a horse at Camp Periwinkle!

 

Crazy Thanksgiving Ride

My aunt lives out in the country where I ride my cousin’s horses. The first time I ever did it he just threw me on and said, “Go.” We ride bareback in the meadows, but we use a saddle in the woods. I remember one time when my other cousin came down to visit and we went riding in the woods. It was Thanksgiving Day and my mom called us while we were out riding to say get our butts back, it’s time to eat. When we hung up the cell phone, our horse took off running and I tightened my legs around the flanks and he started to buck. We rode eight bucks before my cousin decided to ditch the horse. We both landed on the ground and the horse shot off and scared my other cousin’s horse. She bucked and my cousin fell off. So, we were stranded out in the woods on Thanksgiving Day and these horses, worth about $2400 each, had run off. We started walking back to my aunt’s house. Luckily, we found the horses’ already back home waiting for us at the house. We went inside, filthy, and everyone asked what happened. It was a memorable Thanksgiving.

by Brandon, age 13, 2007

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “Life is Like An Elevator”

Life is Like An Elevator

A camper feeling on top of world on Camp Periwinkle's zipline!

A camper feeling on top of world on Camp Periwinkle’s zipline!

When I’m going down

I feel dizzy like I might fall

When I’m going up

I feel tall like I’m reaching for the sky

Right now I feel like I’m

In the middle

I hope someday that I can be a doctor

So that I can make people who are

Sick feel better

That way we can all ride to

The top of the world.

 

by Jingzhuo, age 6

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “Joy”

Joy

"Hope" by Estela Gomez

“Hope” by Estela Gomez

Joy is feeling happy and getting new stuff and knowing that I did the right thing. When people give me compliment, that makes me feel joy. You feel joy when you know that you’re intelligent. Joy comes from the heart, living, having a good life.

by Prince, age 14

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “Kickball”

 

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A camper at Camp Periwinkle playing a fun game of kickball!

Kickball

I love to play kickball with my three brothers. I am strong and tough. I like to kick the ball into the goal and win. My brothers are nice to me when we play kickball.

by Michael, age 4, 2009

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

 

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “My Best Halloween”

 

My Best Halloween

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Last year on Halloween we were with my uncle and cousins. We were going from house to house trick-or-treating. We got all kinds of stuff—chocolates, cookies, and toys. Then we went to a door and there was someone dressed in a scary mask and we were scared, but we didn’t run away. We got candy from that house too. My uncle gave us even more candy. I didn’t eat too much candy that night. I saved it with my little brother. This Halloween I want to buy some candy and give it to my cousins.

by Osbaldo, age 9, 2008

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “A Handsome Heart”

 

A Handsome Heart

"A Survivor's Heart" by Alice Hoffman

“A Survivor’s Heart” by Alice Hoffman

Kaleb was diagnosed a month after his 4th birthday. He’d been complaining of leg pain and having fevers. When we found out, my life stopped. I felt lost and alone, even though I had support. We were in the hospital for two weeks and there was so much to think about… Kaleb and what was going to happen, the pain that they couldn’t control, my job, the bills that were going to start coming in. It kept me up day and night. I couldn’t sleep. I wanted to cave but I couldn’t. I had to be strong from the beginning. With the help of the doctors and social workers, I just started moving forward. I have a friend who has cancer and she stepped in to give me some pointers about the financial part. Family and oter parents here helped me too. I had to take everything moment by moment. I stressed prayer and never stopped. It’s been 9 months and we’re getting back into somewhat of a normal life. We were informed December 16th (I’ll never forget the date) that Kaleb is in remission. But we will continue our journey of treatment to make sure it doesn’t return. Through all of this Kaleb has been a strong little boy, way stronger than his mama. His level of understanding has been beyond his years. It wasn’t until the day before yesterday that he expressed some sort of sadness. It was about his hair loss and how he didn’t feel handsome. But, I know he’ll come around and hopefully learn that what makes him handsome is his heart.

By Winderlyon (Mom of Kaleb, age 4)

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “Untitled”

A camper and counselor partner dancing at Camp Periwinkle!

A camper and counselor partner dancing at Camp Periwinkle!

 

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Today is a brand new day

Today is a start of something new

Today is a good day, if you make it one

Today is a blessing from God

Today is my life

Today is my chance to learn

Today is the day after yesterday

Today is the day before tomorrow

Today is not like every day

Today is your life

Today is your chance to learn

Today is reality

Today is your chance to prove

Today is a day to reach your goal

Today is your choice

Today is December 19, 2007

Today is a day that will never come again

So make a difference.

 

By Kristan, age 16

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Making It A Splendid Week – “How I’m Getting Through This”

 

How I’m Getting Through This

A happy camper doing the zipline at Camp Periwinkle!

A happy camper doing the zipline at Camp Periwinkle!

My mom has been my rock through my diagnosis. She has stayed strong throughout everything. When I first found out, I had gone to get an MRI and then to an endocrinologist, and when I woke up from whatever they’d done, they said I want you to see your regular doctor. The doctor said that I had a tumor in my liver. It didn’t seem real at first; it was hard to process. In my mind I thought only old people got cancer. My mom cried for a few minutes and then she was stable. She’s been there for me ever since. I know it’s been a shock to her and to our family because we’ve never had to deal with something like this. My sister is younger than me, but she’s been really supportive too. Lately, I’ve been getting lots of attention. The time and energy of the family has been focused on my healing, but she hasn’t gotten annoyed. In fact she comes and visits me in the hospital and she hasn’t treated me any differently. I think it’s hard probably for her to see me go through this, but she always is calm. Only about 25 people in the United States get my kind of cancer each year. I take it one day at a time. It’s made me focus on setting different kinds of goals. I used to think I’ll go to college and do this and this and this. Now, I was to make sure to choose to do things I really enjoy. I know how important it is to really live life and not just go through the motions. by Lizzie, age 18

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “Leukemia vs. Chemo”


Leukemia vs. Chemo

"Before and After" by Sofia Echegollen

“Before and After” by Sofia Echegollen

There was a huge battle between Leukemia and Chemo. I’m Queen Melissa, and I send Chemo soldiers to war. My first set of soldiers are getting whipped, and so I call backup, “Backup, Mayday!”

Chemo came in, the bigger and stronger soldiers, and starts winning. Leukemia wants to take over my kingdom, but I won’t let them. I’m Queen of the Kingdom Bodyjewel. I call upon my white knights to come. As I wait, I stare at the shapes in the clouds. My betrothed is coming to help get me through the battle between Leukemia and Chemo.

Chemo wins a gazillion to zero. I celebrate by having a big party with fireworks and dancing and lots of cake.

By Melissa, age 14

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “My Family”

 

My Family

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A family posing and having fun at Family Camp!

When I was three years old I was adopted. I already had one brother and two sisters. I now have one more brother, Kelby. He just turned 13 in July. We found out that he had a brain tumor and cancer. It has been hard for our family to deal with it, but we believe in him and we know he will get through it. Shaun is my oldest brother, 16, and he just hurt his foot wrestling with his friends. My oldest sister, Kimberley, is 18 and she came home for my birthday in June, and decided that she would stay for the summer. Taylor, my youngest sister, 11, loves animals. She is a very sweet and loveable person. I just don’t always give her as much credit for it as I should. Then there is Mom and Dad. My dad is the head football coach at my school in Westwood and my mom is a counselor. So that is my family.

By Kristen, 14, 2007

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

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