Helper/ Amulet Essay
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
The cheap plastic table felt cold under my hands. The black microphone was passed down the line of kids till it found its way to my clammy hands. Trembling, I listened to the question. My mind raced as I shifted in my seat. I decided on a answer and through up the Hail Mary. Seconds later I was almost crying as I walked to the bleachers.
Waiting for me with a spot reserved was my best friend. He gave me a pat on the back and whispered "Nobody knows about pilgrim migration in Hungary" as I sunk in my chair. I was officially eliminated from the 2010 National Geographic Bee, with a fourth place finish at the school level.
Even though it was my first year participating as a fourth grader, I was devastated. After answering every question right in the preliminary rounds, I had botched it. I couldn't watch as the medal was presented to that year's winner.
I surely would've broken down if it hadn't been for Evan. He had helped me study throughout the competition and was there for me at every step. He had made big "Go Erik!" posters to hold up from the bleachers. He was the ultimate supporter.
The best part? He had always been with me at every step. He had always been the ultimate supporter. He was always nice to me even when my temper broke. He never tooted his own horn. I had always admired Evan's humility.
Evan always put others first. Even though he was probably the best player on his soccer team and could've easily scored a lot of goals, he instead lead the team in assists. He skipped a soccer tournament to support me at the 2011 state Geography Bee competition. He never intentionally hurt anyone's feelings, and when he did upon accident he immediately apologized with genuine sympathy.
He also never felt sorry for himself. He had a very bad peanut allergy, to the point where peanut oil in the air could make him erupt in hives. He was very undersized for his age. His teeth grew in at extremely odd angles and he required braces for over three and a half years. But he never complained. He dedicated himself to helping others, and was always happy.
The attitude he carried is something that will always amaze me. When we first met in kindergarten I had no idea he'd become such a close friend to me. I never really thought about what a great guy he was until recently. His friendliness towards me and everybody around him is the reason that I have the least bit of compassionate and humble qualities today.
Anybody will be cheered up by a constantly good-natured and nice friend who confronts them. Having Evan as a best friend meant that I had no truly bad days; with Evan around it was impossible. I am very grateful to have had such a wonderful friend for seven years.