Looks can be Deceiving Getting out of his car in the crowded parking lot, Benji is approached by an older woman. "You can't park here," she says to the athletic looking kid wearing an old, small T-shirt from one of his sponsors, and loose fitting jeans. She points to the handicapped parking spot. As Benji walks into the brightly lit Perkins after the short encounter in the parking lot, he is greeted by congratulatory smiles and hi-fives from his friends and family. He starts to blush, replying "Thanks y'all" before he sits down, wiping sweat from his forehead. Benji is glad he is able to sit down and relax because he is still worn out from the race. He did well, second place, but he is a little disappointed since he didn't get first place. Benji was thinking about the race on the way to Perkins. He knew he could have won first place. He knew he should have pushed himself harder. He had started preparing for this race four months ago, daily workouts and weight l
Smiling ProudlyAs I look out my window,I think about how life with Andy used to be.I imagine the family snuggling,Close together,warm by the glowing fire.Smiling at each other proudly.As I look out my windowI picture the happy smiles,The memories we had made.From taking meTo my first concertTo helping me with schoolI remember how you wouldSmile at me proudly.As I look out my window,I get a warm feeling inside.I get up and go in my car.I drive to a place I know well.I set a note and flowers on the ground,Next to a gray stone slab.I look down at it, holding my guitar,Playing the chords you taught meremembering all the happy times.And so I smile proudly.
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