Awesome Moments

Our “Awesome Moments” section is where teen writers share their experiences of connection with others and their world. We invite you to read some of the Awesome Moments from current and recent issues of KidSpirit Magazine, and to submit your Awesome Moment to us!

Soldier of Peace

by Nimai Agarwal

A dozen fridge-sized speakers hung from the ceiling; giant screens magnified the faces of the presenters as more than a thousand people stared expectantly at the stage. I craned my neck to see the next presenter, when a middle-aged South-African man walked up to the lectern. The event was stretching into the night, and I

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by Maria Christian

Can’t you hear the voices in the wind? That’s what I wondered while we wandered through the streets. Can’t you see their stories, the private ones they try to hide? And maybe it was an odd thing to think while gazing at tanning beach beauties, all tendon and muscle and dark patches of skin. Or

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My Island Escape

by Elizabeth Ralph

The thing about islands is that when you are on one, you are apart from the real world. It’s a way to escape from everyday life and merge into a whole different place. Bustins Island is that for me. It brings me into a world with no worries and the ability to do anything that

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Believing Is Seeing

by Jung Woo Bae

Imagine a world without sight. What do you see? Darkness? Or maybe nothing at all. The concept of seeing seems so simple, yet it is so complex to explain. I once wondered how one could have no sight and still “see,” like the blind. I knew so little about them, even considered them to be

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…?

by Sharon Lin

The wrapper sat dejected on the ground, as if lost among the foliage. Faded yellow letters, barely visible against the discolored polypropylene packaging, spelled L-a-y-s. Numerous plastic pouches confirmed how common this scene was at Central Park. Hardly anyone gave a second glance to litter on the cobblestone path. I have been volunteering with Key Club,

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The Flood of 2010

by Mustafa Khan

I was 12 years old, in July 2010, when my country was flooded by the Indus River due to turbulent monsoon rains. It was an ordeal to turn on the television every day and see the devastation. I felt impotent and useless. Though I was unharmed and sheltered at my house, watching the tragic event

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My World

by Nusrat Angela

I have always thought “my world” is too small. Living in a crowded city in Bangladesh, I am surrounded by one “class” of people. I am rooted in a conservative society in which, from a very young age, a path is set for every child. Being different is met with disapproval; it means you have

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Speaking In Chinese

by Zoe Miller

Thirteen hours is an excessive amount of time on a plane. Long plane rides are sort of how I imagine purgatory. On China Air they provide a little map on the video screen in front of you, so you can see how far you’ve gone and how far you have to go. That helped a

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In Search of Joyce

by Muyun Zhou

Drifting down Broadway, I think of you. The philosopher Roland Barthes argued that the author is dead in his work and that the reader doesn’t need to know him. But this is not true, at least not for you. To be honest, I know my contemplation on Broadway right now is just a continuation of

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At First Impact

by Josh Seides

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”– Aesop Anxious, nervous, excited. All of these words could describe the way I felt the night before I had to teach my first class on technology. I had been up late that night, turning, tossing, sweating bullets. Would anyone think the class was helpful

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