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The Unimaginable

Auntie Nanelle was and still is such a big part of me. She’s been there for me ever since I was born. She’s like my second mom. Every day after school for 6 and a half years, I would come to the McClowry’s house. No matter what she was doing, she would always stop and say, “Hi Emma! How was school?” I felt so special hearing that. She would make me dinner most nights, help me with my homework all the time, and just made everything super fun.

I think I’m pretty lucky that I’ve never had to deal with anything like this before, but that just made the situation even more heartbreaking. I was definitely not prepared for walking into the hospital room on that Thursday afternoon. I was in complete shock when I saw her and everyone crowded around her with tears in their eyes. I had no idea that things had gotten so bad so fast. But things did not get easier. On February 13th, we all went through something that no one should ever have to deal with. We dealt with the unimaginable. And that’s why I wrote a poem called “The Unimaginable”, because everything that’s happened in the past month has been so scary and so hard to believe. My poem is dedicated to Auntie Nanelle because I miss her so much and love her in a way that I can’t explain.

The Unimaginable


But the beat of the machine

Tears running down all of our cheeks

Under our blue hospital masks

We all crowd around her

Praying for a miracle

Desperately hoping she will be okay

Hugs from all corners of the room

Whispers in each others' ears

Everyone knowing we are there for each other

But it's hard to see

That anything good can come out of this

When everything seems so dark

We walk out of the heartbreaking hospital room

Thinking that it's all too much to handle

So we walk into the waiting room

And realize we haven't seen the worst of it

But we all know we can do this

That everyone is in the same boat

No matter who you are

We are in this together

She would want us to celebrate her

Remember her forever and ever

Even if she won't be here for it

We think about her every day

Missing her in a way that's unimaginable

But we all love her so much

And we will get through this

Even if it seems so far away

- Emma Eltzroth Age 13

Emma playing 'Halo' May 2020 - It makes her think of Auntie Nanelle in heaven

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