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I chose the topic of writing about a person who influenced you...its exactly 500 words.
Some books such as The Stranger and To Kill a Mockingbird have themes deeply entrenched in them about moral education installed upon a child at a young age, sticking with them throughout childhood and their adult life. Although I’ve read both works of literature, I didn’t need them to learn about the before mentioned theme. I experienced it with my own eyes.
At six months old I met the most influential person in my life. My mom put me into ‘Kiddie Land Day Care’, after a recommendation from my Aunt because my cousin was also attending there. My parents work long hours, and I was often at the day care for as many hours as I spent back at home. The day care provider was a lady by the name of Carol Ludden, who was assisted by her husband Billy. Carol was an angel; there is no other way around it. I can’t even think of a negative thing to say about her if I tried.
She taught me a plethora of things that I still use today. There are various examples that I still keep in the back of my mind to this day. One day while I was in the playroom, I was bouncing around a foam ball. I’ve always been into sports, even at the age of four I was enrolled in both baseball and soccer. The ball was entertaining me. Another kid who was there took my ball and wouldn’t give it back no matter how much I insisted. I wanted to hit him so bad, even though he was a few years older than me and would have probably made me regret anything disruptive I did. Carol told me to not worry about it and brought me into another room. She told me; “There are always alternatives to have fun”.
Carol was very instrumental in my education as well. I never attended preschool, but was way ahead of other students once I enrolled in elementary school. In third grade, when the teacher was first introducing multiplication, we had a quiz of 100 questions to do in 10 minutes. Everyone in the class got a 60 or less. I got a 99 on my quiz; I knew multiplication since four years old.
Mrs. Ludden also had a reward system, where if you did errands around the house you would earn stars, and when I registered enough stars, Carol would take me out to buy a toy. It showed me at a young age that if you put in an effort you’ll get rewarded.
I never thought I would have to live without Carol. August 24th, 2007 I was devastated. She had died. It was like losing a second mother. I consider the Ludden family, my family and still visit as much as I can. It’s amazing knowing they have my back. I would rather have Carol here to see me progress as a person, but it’s refreshing to know that she would be proud of me.