You never wanted the title
You never wanted the attention
You never thought you would be put in such a position at just 14 years old
You never thought you would wake up from a sound sleep to the sound of gunfire in your kitchen
Escaping into the night with your nephew clinging to you for his life
Mother gone. Brother gone. Sister gone.
Now people clap for you. Friends. Family. Strangers.
They call you a hero to be celebrated and congratulated
How you must long for life to be normal again
To know where you belong
To be with those you love and who love you
Stay with people who will keep you safe
Hold on tight
Please don’t give up
You are a normal 14 year old boy who did something extraordinary when presented with a situation
Take your new title. Always remember what you did. Move forward and grow into an extraordinary young man.
Make your mom proud.
Make yourself proud.