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The simplest things in life can bring joy


My niece is my happiness. She always finds a way to put a smile on my face. I love spending time with her. She teaches me to appreciate the little things and to find joy in simple moments.

She won’t be a little girl forever so I have to cherish the moments I get to be with her. I love the bond we share and the memories we create together. She truly holds a special place in my heart. Just by being with her I feel like the luckiest person ever. She never fails to brighten my day. Her little smile gets me all the time, it’s literally the cutest. My niece brought me so much peace and happiness. I get to be myself around her and get to express to her how much I love her.

Having a niece really taught me what real love is like. It’s a different type of love, it’s amazing. My favorite memory of us together is when we went to the snow and ran around chasing each other with giant snowballs. That day was really fun. We both had so much fun. I will never forget those beautiful memories. My niece’s name is Luz. In English it translates to “light.” I call her the light to my life because she really does mean a lot to me. She helped me get through so much. Just by having her by my side I feel better. She always knows how to make me feel better. Her hugs are the best. I especially like when she comes to my room and wakes me up to some hugs and kisses telling me she loves me.

I think it’s important to spend time with nieces and nephews because they bring so much joy. Spending time with them allows us to create special bonds. I think people should really start spending more time with their loved ones because time isn’t always gonna be there. It’s important to make many memories and have lots of fun with one another.

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Dhalia Arriaga, Staff Writer

Dhalia Arriaga is a junior in Hoover High. She enjoys writing, and by writing she expresses herself and all the emotions that go on in her head. To Dhalia writing isn’t just words written but it’s words that have a story to it. It has a deeper meaning to her that's why she enjoys writing so much. It brings her peace and comfort. Dhalia’s main goal is to make her parents proud. She wants to make her parents proud because she knows that her parents sacrificed so much for her and her sisters. The thought of her parents going to another country and leaving everything behind to give their kids a better life didn't sit right with her. So she wants to show them that she appreciates everything they’ve done by graduating and proving to them that anything is possible when you set your mind to it. Every tear and feeling of exhaustion will end up being worth it once she graduates and is able to say that she made it through those tough high school years. No matter how hard this journey might get she will always try to keep a positive mindset because at times it gets real and the feeling of giving up gets to her but then again she thinks about her immigrant parents who came here with nothing and have given her everything. Dhalia wants to be able to give them so much back for all the love and support she has received. As you can tell Dhalia is very attached to her family. Family means everything to her and enjoys every second she gets with them.