(Orange, Texas)


May 25, 2013

National Finalist, Emily Lafley

ORANGE — Emily Lafley, First United Methodist Church’s Youth, wrote a moving essay for the Do the Write Thing Texas Challenge.  Emily is now the National Finalist. Her essay will be in the Library of Congress and she will spend a week in Washington, D.C. where she will read her essay and compete to win the title of National winner.

 Emily recently wrote to her pastor, John Warren, “I will sight see Washington, D.C.  I am so excited to go and represent Southeast Texas.”  

The following is Emily’s essay on “Celebrating ideas to break the cycle of violence.”

At one time, violence hurt my life. It happened to me in the 4th grade.

I was adopted when I was 6 years old. Kids made fun of me because I was adopted.

They said that they knew their real mom and I didn’t. They told me I was a kid that nobody wanted. And that no one wanted me as a child. I did not feel like anyone liked me as a friend. I was a lost little kid.

But, in my life, I have changed the way I see things. Because of what happened to me, it has made me a stronger person I am proud of my life. I love my parents!

One cool thing that my parents and I have is a joke about my life. We say, “I got to pick my parents.”  I know I have parents of gold. I would not change my life for anything else!  I know I am richer than some people because I have LOVE!


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