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Keeping on going

2013 May 27
by Emily Hill

This is a guest post by my 13-year-old daughter Lauren. Her big sister also wrote a guest post titled “Be nice.” Kind of interesting the subjects share a similar theme…

Dear Momma’s Peeps,

I shall start this off with a little thing I call a greeting. Hello! That was a good start to a good post in my opinion! My name is Lauren, Emily’s favorite second oldest! I thank you for reading the first few lines of my guest post that I was NOT forced into writing. Maybe…Kind of…Just a little bit…

Well anyways, I will start writing this little doohickey. Today I will be writing on that one little subject called “keeping on going.” No, I am not telling you my story so you can feel bad for me. I am simply telling you so you can use it in your lives.


Love

Okay, let us start off with me telling you about friends. They are horrible. I mean they can be wonderful at times, but not always. Especially when combined with other things like subjects and/or people. Sort of like orange juice and tooth paste. It took me a long time to find a good friend. The first good friend I had was in 5th grade. She still is my friend but now doesn’t go to my school. I do not know what I would do without her though.

Before her I had suffered so many heartbreaks with girls who were so called “nice” to me. Now I am finishing 7th grade and am so relieved. This year had been excruciating for me for one reason or another. Friends, boys, homework, you name it and it was hard. It felt like there was no way out and I would cry often after school.

I wouldn’t change a thing.

These hardships are the very makeup of my being. Without them I would not have become the person I am today. Mean people will be mean and there is nothing you can do about it. Most of them are still trying to figure themselves out and are just doing it the wrong way. The best thing to do is not kill them with kindness, but make them suffer with love! Love, love, love! There is always that one person who needs a little bit more love.

I remember this girl who was in my 6th grade class and was always the “weird one.” I must admit that I wasn’t always kind to her. People had judged her so much on her outside, or “shell,” that whoever was her friend or even kind to her was also considered weird. That was the biggest thing that discouraged people. Whatever she did people would be rude about it.

One day I had enough and became this girl’s only friend. I realized that she only did things that normal people would do and people were, again, judging her! I did lose some “friends” because of it but I gained a really good one and realized who my actual friends were. I have to say that unfortunately, I have lost almost all contact with her. I will see her in the halls and smile but that is about it.

Well I guess I should tell you how to cope with all of this now. Some people may tell you to just ignore it but I know that can be very hard at times. I suggest for you to shower yourself with love! Look at all of the things about you that make you YOU. Seek out people who respect themselves and love you for who you are! Find someone who needs some help and torture them with your love!

Love ~
Lauren Hill


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  1. Dad permalink
    May 27, 2013

    Lauren,
    What wonderful insight and advise. Those that read your post and actually follow it will become better people. I’m so proud to be your grandpa.
    Papa

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    She’s pretty awesome, that’s for sure.
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  2. Nancy permalink
    May 27, 2013

    This is SO FREAKIN Awesome!!! Sadly, it goes on in grown women too. Thanks for the reminder! Hugs from Conroe Texas

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I often tell me girls that it doesn’t necessarily stop with middle school and high school, but hopefully they’ll learn how to navigate it all early on. :)
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  3. May 27, 2013

    It’s so true. Being able to love yourself really is the first step to loving others.
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    She’s a wise one, that Lauren.
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  4. Allison permalink
    May 27, 2013

    Lauren- Girl you are amazing!! I loved reading your post. I know it has already been said but I loved your advise. I think that it is perfect for kids, teenagers, and adults. Maybe I could come to you for therapy?! :) I just love you. You are a Rockstar. I am going to shower myself with love. (I am going to tell my family that love is code word for chocolate?) Thanks you for writing this.

    Allison A

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I think “love” is always code for “chocolate.” ;)
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  5. Grandma permalink
    May 27, 2013

    Lauren-what a blessing you are to our family…your post reminded me when I was 15 (a longtime ago), there was a popular song I liked to sing to that went something like this “what the world needs now is love, sweet love, it’s the only thing there is just too little of …and not just for some but for everyone.” Thank you for your inspiring post and reminding us to be more thoughtful, gentle, kind, and loving. We love you! See you soon!

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    That is a great song! I’m thinking we need to get on iTunes and download it. :)
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  6. Marsha permalink
    May 27, 2013

    I’m so impressed! What a smart girl!

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    She really is a smart girl. I’d like to think she gets it from me, but her dad is pretty dang smart too. ;)
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  7. Jeanette permalink
    May 27, 2013

    Lauren, your mama is raising you well! :) It is wonderful to see young women like you have such wonderful insight like this at your age.

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I don’t think it’s me. These girls are doing it all themselves…and rockin’ it!
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  8. Jennifer permalink
    May 28, 2013

    Lauren, you are such a sweet, smart girl. I am saving this post for when Sophie gets a little older and needs some advice in this department! Thanks!!

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Love that Sophie! Let’s hope she doesn’t need to much advice in this department. I will keep my fingers crossed.
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  9. May 28, 2013

    Wise advice from a 13 year old!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Sometimes I think my kids are smarter than me…but I don’t tell them.
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  10. May 28, 2013

    Growing up is so hard. I dealt with similar things as a child, and it breaks my heart that things don’t change. Lauren, you are an amazing girl. Loves!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    It breaks my heart too. You’d think by now we’d have finally “grown up.”
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  11. May 28, 2013

    Lauren,

    7th grade is crappy. Really, really crappy. And 8th grade kind of sucks, too. ;)

    But, the good news is that you’ll be OK because it sounds like you’re already smarter and kinder than most adults I know. Plus, your mom is pretty awesome, too.

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Maybe I get it from my kids?!?
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  12. becky permalink
    May 28, 2013

    To My Sweet Lauren,

    I Just Saw Some Pictures Today Of That Beautiful Curly Blond 2 Yr Old Head Of Yours. You Were Beautiful Then And You Are Beautiful Now, Inside And Out. I Wanted You To Remember There Are A Whole Lotta People Who Love You Even If Some Of Us Are Far AwAy Right Now. That Was A Great And Brave PosT!!
    Love
    Becky

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    We wish you weren’t so dang far away, that’s for sure. :(
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  13. Kim permalink
    May 31, 2013

    Lauren–someday, the mean girls will grow up and wish they could be YOU! Keep being true to yourself. You’re AWESOME . . . just the way you are! Love ya!

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Nicest compliment ever. xoxo
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  14. June 2, 2013

    Miss Lauren

    You are such a smart, fun, and beautiful girl. What a great post.

    -Vanessa
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    She is all those things and more. Of course, so are your girls. :)
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