2005 - 6th Grade 2nd Place:

Allie Niederee, Kansas

Truth and Beauty

Truth is sincere, truth is true, truth is honesty, truth is reality, truth is actuality, and truth is beauty. These are things that truth are in my life; there is beauty in truth. The feeling that you now know what really and truly happened is beauty. Sure, there is paining truth, but in the end if you never really knew the truth you would suffer all your life wondering what really happened. So in the end it would be more pain and suffering not to know the truth.

These are facts, not opinions as you would think they are. I know this because one Friday night my parents sat down and asked us to join them. I knew something was wrong. I just couldn't grasp it. They told my two sisters and me that my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and we all cried. I looked over at my dad and realized it was the first time I ever saw him cry. I hated everything at that moment. Then my mom told us to just go on with our lives. The truth truly hurt. But in the end it remarkably brought our whole family together. We called each other more; talked more, saw each other more. My Cousins, Aunts, Sisters, Brothers, Moms, Dads-everyone. It was then beautiful. I had realized that God has blessed me from then on; I then saw beauty all around me. It is something you can't really explain - it is something you feel.

I ask you to close your eyes and think which is more important to you? For if you truly think, they are one. They are the same. Don't think of truth being hurtful; think of all the beauty there is in truth and I know you will agree. "Beauty is Truth, truth is beauty, -that is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know." -John Keats

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