Life Shaping Experience

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Gardenia Cuadra

ENG 110: College Writing

Life Shaping Experience – Personal Narrative

There has been many life-shaping/life changing experiences in my life however if I have to pinpoint to one specific moment where I knew that my life as a child will be over was when I was 12 years old. My sister, grandmother and I just came back from spending 3 weeks in Nicaragua. I loved it so much I wanted to stay. A week or two after the family trip, my grandmother fell down concrete stairs and was pronounced dead once she went to the hospital. My life as a child or more likely my childhood was gone. At that moment I had to grow up, clean my house, take care of my sister, go to school and cook dinner.

I am now 28 years old and still remember that day like it was yesterday. I was getting ready to preach for the first time in church. My grandmother went out to the grocery and she didn’t want my sister and I to go and help since I also had a mini job as a baby sitter at the time. My life was perfect at the moment. As the time went on, we noticed that she was taking a little long to get back home so we went outside twice to look for her but didn’t see her coming. About 10 or 15 minutes later I hear a strong banging coming from the door and it was my upstairs neighbor. She started crying and screaming hysterical saying that Mami had fell down (Mami was the nickname everybody on the block gave my grandmother). I ran outside and saw her with a black eye, the food she went to go buy all over on the floor and on top of her, and the vomit coming from her nose. She had fallen and hit her head. I couldn’t believe that the woman that had raised me was on the floor dead. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t want to believe it. I wanted her to be okay. I wanted a miracle from God like Lazarus (John 11:1-44). After she was admitted into the hospital, I stayed in the church for almost a week just praying and praying that a miracle would happen. I was in church praying when the...
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