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September 11 Memories. A Winner Essay that My Son Wrote for an Essay Contest "Laws of Life".

Updated on September 10, 2012

Laws of Life

When my son was in 8th grade of Middle school he wrote an essay for a school contest. We just moved to US several months earlier (in November of 2001). Reuven was still “a new kid who came from overseas”, his English was yet not the best, but when a “Laws of Life” essay contest sponsored by the school district and local Kiwanis Club was announced, he participated in it with all other eighth-graders.

Essay Contest winners

My son is the second from the left (in a black shirt)
My son is the second from the left (in a black shirt)

Teachers helped students think through the rules and ideas of an essay contest. Teachers did a preliminary judging of the essays, recommending 30 finalists.

Then the finalists were judged and ranked by the members of the local Kiwanis Club. My son’s essay won the 4th place in a rank in top five essays.

I am posting his essay here. Through the eyes of fourteen-year-old and the story of his experience we can see how desire for peace is important nowadays more than ever. Further you will read my son's essay.

Desire for Peace.

Webster dictionary of English language defines the word “terrorism” as: “mass-organized ruthlessness”.

Until the age of 14 I lived in Israel, a very beautiful land, but very complicated as a country. All the woods and plants in Israel were planted by people’s hands on a ground which was mostly bogs and sand. After the declaration of independence of Israel as a Jewish country in 1948, Arab terrorist organizations started terrorist acts against peaceful people in the Jewish land.

We have very good friends living in New York. They always wanted to visit us in Israel, but year after year, they did not come. They used to say that they were afraid to travel to Israel, because of the situation in our country. When the news companies all over the world were showing terrorist acts in Israel, one could think that there was nothing else in the country. We tried to explain to our friends that we lived a normal life. Although these terrorist acts are awful, they don’t stop us from living.

It seemed like it worked. At the end of August 2001, our friends finally came to visit us. We were very glad to see them, and we did our best to show them Israel as much as we could. We travelled to the north and we told our friends that many years ago Arab terrorist exploded a bus with Israeli school children who went on an excursion. Nevertheless, each year school excursions go all over Israel, because we don’t want to stop travelling just because there are people who don’t want to live in peace.

When we travelled to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem we showed our friends places where Arab kamikazes exploded themselves, killing peaceful people. But it didn’t stop us from living a normal life, going out, traveling, dining out and the like…

Our friends loved Israel and Israeli people very much. They saw that we lived a normal life, as they did. They noticed that, in Israel, people are more careful and that the security in Israel is very high. In every place security guards are checking your bags and sometimes even checking your documents. Israeli people are used to it and understand the reason.

Our friends’ vacation was great and after several days they were going back home to New York, but….. They had to stay with us longer because an awful thing happened in New York and their flight was postponed.

It was September 11, 2001….. No one ever expected that terrorists would dare to do this in the heart of New York City.

And then I understood that no one can ever be safe in any place in the world until All People want to live in Peace. I know that peace is the most important thing for all of us, no matter where we live. All people and all countries should be together in their wish to stop those who don’t want to live in peace.

The World should be Peaceful.

This is my law of life.

My post-word.

My son is an adult now, but his middle school essay is as topical and vital as it was a decade ago. The World doesn’t seem to learn its lesson….


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    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      RTalloni, thank you for reading and commenting. You are welcome to link my hub, of course and thank you. I have several hubs about Israel, please, check them as well.

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      7 years ago from the short journey

      Your son had wisdom beyond his years, no doubt in part, at least, from living in Israel. How I would love to visit your country one day! Precious words from the mouth of a babe. I would like to link this to my hub on little known 911 memorials, if you have no objection. Thank you.

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      MayG, it was my pleasure. Thank you for reading and leaving such a nice comment.

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      Sarah, thank you for your comment. You are right, all people should want peace to make peace happen.

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      sunflowerbucky, yes, I am proud of my son and he still gives me more and more reasons to be proud of him.

      Thank you for your visit.

    • MayG profile image

      May Galnou 

      8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      What a lovely essay from such a young child. Thank you for sharing it.

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      8 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      First of all, when I read this, it really touched me in ways I can't express. All I could think of is where I was during September 11th - I was in shock that something could happen because I was 18 and then to find out my grandpa had a seizure that day. Now, I think of the lines from John Lennon's "Imagine": "Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one." Bravo, Reuven - John Lennon would be proud!

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      8 years ago from Small Town, USA

      You must be so very proud of your son! What a superb essay!

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Pop! I always appreciate your visits and comments. What's for breakfast today? Going to check.

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      sheila, I appreciate your visit! Children very often see the problem deeper and in a more genuine way than adults do. And children are the most innocent victims of a big world's political games.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      8 years ago

      What a marvelous essay and a fantastic hub. Your son, at age, 14 was wise beyond his years.

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      Vladimir, thank you for your comment. Terrorists are awful no matter when and where they are threatening peaceful civilians.

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      I'm so glad you posted your son's essay. If only the world would value the children and let them live in peace.

    • Vladimir Uhri profile image

      Vladimir Uhri 

      8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      This is great hub and I appreciate reading it.

      I remember Slovakian history recorded, neighbor village the name Poniky where I lived, were invaded by Turkish invaders (terrorists) on the horses and killed many and took young boys and woman to be slaves. The boys became Turkish soldiers and did the same, attacking peaceful nations. It is in their blood and religion.

      They did not stay in the land since it was too cold for them.

      You mentioned that in Israel there were not too many trees, since Turks after invasion of Israel use all trees for making coal. Today World condemn Israel occupying the land. It is not Arabs land. The opposite is truth, Arabs occupying Israel now.


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