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By Henry Sherwin
On a good day when I finish homework that's hard for me, I feel I can do everything. That's the "Good Zone" — when things fall into place and click one after another. Here are some things that help me get there:
I'm starting to get good grades in school now, but I want to get better ones. My older sister gets good grades, so sometimes I feel less bright. (I really wanted to say "dumb," but I know I'm not supposed to.)
I see that my sister can't do some of the things I can do. She quit music and is sad she can't play tennis the way I do.
We help each other, too. We tease each other about things, like how she is so afraid of dogs. My sister takes my arm when we walk by a dog because we know it won't hurt her if I'm there. Then we laugh.
Now I read all the time. My mom and I read together, too. I learned to believe with her that I could do something I thought I couldn't do — like reading. She knew how to turn reading into a game. She also knows how to make me laugh when I'm ready to turn off.
In the future I hope to go to UCLA and play tennis. Sometimes I have dreams that I'm winning the U.S. Open. I tell my mom I need just one more minute in bed in the morning, so I can win the final point. We laugh.
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