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[YRP Students' Essays] Lots of Memories with the Greatest Gift

When I entered elementary school, my parents gave me a desk as a present. Since I was little, the desk looked really big to me. In fact, I couldn't hold it even if I opened my arms. I was so happy to have my own desk that I always sat at my desk and did my homework. I felt happy by just sitting on the new chair. When I couldn't solve problems, my parents taught me how to solve them until I could understand. Though I didn't like studying, I was able to concentrate thanks to my parents and the new desk. I think I wouldn't have studied at all if my parents didn't buy me this desk, so I really appreciate it.

I kept using this desk until I entered this school. It means that I used it for nine years. I have a lot of memories which are related to this desk. One example is the memory of studying for high school entrance examinations. When I took a mock exam for practice, I got an "E". It was the worst level, and there was a comment which recommended that I give up studying for Doshisha International High School. I got irritated and stabbed my desk with a pen. I really regretted what I had done, but "What is done cannot be undone," I couldn't do anything to fix it. So instead of regretting, I decided to do my best to pass the examination. I decided not to watch television shows, play video games, use the computer or read comics. Whenever it was hard for me to suppress myself, I looked at the flaw I made. Then the chagrin of getting an "E" and the guilt of damaging the present from my parents appeared in my mind. Because of this, I was able to pass the test.

When I was in elementary school, I only looked at the surface of the gift. However, as I got older, I realized that the real gift from my parents was their feeling for me. Even though the desk was very expensive, they bought it for me. I think it is because they do care about me, and that feeling is the greatest gift. I believe that I was able to pass the exam because of this desk. If I was studying with the desk which I don't really care about, I might not have passed the test. Gifts from my parents, the desk and their feeling, are my treasures.

By the way, my brother is using the desk right now.

By S.S

Child Research Net would like to thank the Doshisha International Junior/Senior High School and S.S., student and author, for permitting reproduction of this article on the CRN web site.

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