By Trevor Prelesnik
Speaking out at MassI went to mass with Joe's family again this Sunday, this time Joe's mom brought with the man she met the day before. When the priest welcomed him though, he invited him to have a doughnut and a coffee with him afterwards. I don't know what it was, but something inside me snapped. "What do doughnuts have to do with church?" I blurted to myself. The priest heard me though, and I was brought to a room in the back of the church to be disciplined by being sat in a corner, and tortured verbally by the Sunday school teacher, Mrs. Levee. I wasn't going to apologize for my belief though.
The Death of Joe's Mother
Today the baseball team Joe and I play for had a game. Halfway through though, it looked like we were losing. Suddenly coach put me up to bat though. Not only that, but he also told me to swing as well! This was going to be great! The first few pitches I picked out as balls, but then, my moment came. The pitch was perfect. Everything went into slow motion as I hit that ball as hard as I could. I watched it climb up in the sky, I saw the awed faces of the audience. I noticed the ump mouth something, but I couldn't hear it. How could I hear? I was way too excited! Then it happened. I saw Joe's mom, graceful as ever, walking like an angel down the sidewalk. She was smiling and waving, but then the baseball, my baseball, nailed her in the temple. Shortly after, a man pronounced her dead. It was the worst day of my life.
Saving Kids from a Sinking Bus
We were headed back from the retreat when the bus suddenly swerved off the road and into a nearby lake. Reverend Russel was knocked out by the impact, and the bus driver fled the bus, while everyone started to panic. I don't know what got into me, but I took charge and set up a system to get all of the kids out of the bus. Once all the kids were evacuated, the bus slipped farther from the shore. I knew the kids would listen to me. I noticed that we forgot someone, the kid I promised nothing would happen to. I quickly went into action, freeing his foot from where it was stuck, and lifting him out a bus window to safety. Then, the bus sank, and I fell unconscious.
Simon: Charron, Justin. Simon Birch. Digital image. The Wall Machine. Thewallmachine.com, 22 Apr. 2012. Web. 12 Oct. 2015. <http://thewallmachine.com/L5Drcr.html>.
Speaking up at Church: celebfan. SIMON BIRCH, Ian Michael Smith, Oliver Platt, Ashley Judd, 1998, (c. Digital image. RavePad. RavePad.com, 9 Sept. 2015. Web. 12 Oct. 2015. <http://ravepad.com/page/simon-birch/images/view/1089838/SIMON-BIRCH-Ian-Michael-Smith-Oliver-Platt-Ashley-Judd-1998-c>.
Having Ice Cream with his only Real Friend Joe: Zuck, Jon. Picture of Simon Birch eating Ice Cream with his Friend Joe. Digital image. Hollywood Jesus. Hollywoodjesus.com, n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2015. <http://www.hollywoodjesus.com/simon_birch.htm>.
Baseball: FrankDrebin. Picture of Simon Birch up at the plate, ready to bat. Digital image. AR15. Ar15.com, 06 Apr. 2014. Web. 12 Oct. 2015. <http://ruthlessreviews.com/pics2/simonbirch1.jpg>.
Bus Crash: carchasefanatic. Ford B-Series Blue Bird Simon Birch (1998). Digital image.IMCDB Internet Movie Cars Database. Impdb.org, 09 Jan. 2008. Web. 12 Oct. 2015. <http://www.imcdb.org/yourcomments.php?id=CarChasesFanatic&PHPSESSID=7a3..&page=112&PHPSESSID=7a3..>.
Baseball kills woman (Simon Birch): Baseball Kills Woman (Simon Birch). Dir. MWater86. YouTube. YouTube, 22 Jan. 2007. Web. 13 Oct. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWj6xS7fvuI>.