Happiness

This is a poem about my cousin, who recently moved.

By Alana P. from Project Citizen in Connecticut

Happiness is when me and my baby are together

Lifting you onto the kitchen island, feeding you slices of cheese

And listening to your feet swing back and forth hitting the cabinet, making a beat

Watching you crawl under the table and stick your little hand above trying to steal cucumbers from the salad bowl

That’s when we started calling you peter rabbit

Bringing you out to the pool and laughing as you believed me when I told you I saw an alligator

Then I would have to jump in just to reassure you it was just a joke

Buying you dunkin donuts when you were in a bad mood and me getting annoyed because you’d get powder from your donut all over yourself

Dancing to alvin and the chipmunks songs with you

Probably looking crazy to the neighbors with our “intricate” moves

Taking a million selfies together and watching you try to replicate my face.

You were my mini me, listening to the same music, eating whatever I ate, following me around.

Playing basketball with a soccer ball because you couldn’t throw the actual basketball high enough

Seeing that smile on your face as you chased me around with your guinea pig because you knew I hated him

I would keep that rat at my house if that meant you would stay too

That smile is the only thing I needed

Not many people could get you to show that smile, let alone laugh

I knew I would never have that problem

But, right now I'm not sure when I will be able to see that smile again, hear that giggle, have those dance parties, call peter rabbit, take those selfies.

I watched you grow up

I know I'll be able to remember you,

but will you remember me?

Those moments

The little things

All our Memories

My nicknames for you

Even if you don’t remember i’ll make sure to fill you in,

When we meet again.

Although I'm not exactly sure when that will be,

I’m positive of one thing.

When I was with you I was truly happy 

Project Citizen

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Project Citizen is a youth writing lab that is offered as part of the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University. The mission of Project Citizen is to empower young writers to engage in issues of social and political importance through a variety of genres in order to both find their voice and to become fully realized citizens in our democracy. Project Citizen brings together students from school districts and towns in Fairfield county that represent a variety of economic, racial, ethnic, and religious demographic groups in an effort to break down the "zip code apartheid" that stands in the way of true collaborative learning.

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