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"To be great is to be misunderstood."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

I agree with this statement because a great person is one who stands out from the rest. I believe a great person is one who is honest, a good decision maker, and respectable. If a great person has a belief, he will stand up for it. A great person will also be beside someone in time of his or her need or want.

I once had a great person like this in my life my mother. My mother tried her best to live by the Bible. She was honest, dependable and did not mind doing things for people. My mother was always there if someone wanted or needed her. This was why I believe she was a great person; however, to some she was misunderstood. My father and others told her that people were taking advantage of her . She did not want to believe that they were because helping others was what she thought God would want her to do. She loved helping people; doing so made her feel good about herself. I do not know anyone who has ever felt a greater reward than that.

My mother died in a car wreck when I was 12 years old. My father told me on the way home from the funeral that my mother never asked for anything.

I think it would be so wonderful if people would think more about others than they do about themselves; maybe God intended for us to be less self-centered than we are.

Belinda Pennington, 18, is a senior at Mooreville High School. This essay was written in tribute to her mom, Wanda G. Pennington in Carole Rupert's class at Mooreville.

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