“…it’s not all ice cream and cake.”
From Nadira Fifer Gateway STEM High School

A story I’m going to tell is when I learned what responsibility and maturity really is.

I remember one day my mom and aunt they were like, “We have to go. It’s an emergency. A family emergency so we have to go all the way up to Michigan and we need someone to watch your cousins.” And I’m like, “I really don’t want to do that.” And they were like, “You have to and you know we’d really appreciate it.” So I ended up doing it.

It was so hard taking care of little kids because they need this and they want that. And you have to make sure they’re safe and check the closets and under their beds and make sure they eat, make sure they’re clean, make sure no one’s picking on them or messing with them. And at the end of the day I was like, wow, ’cause you guys really have it hard. Growing up I was like, “Oh adults have everything easy. They have money they get to spend it. They get to do whatever they want.” But I realize it’s not really that way because when you think about it, they still have people they care for too. They still have responsibility; it’s not all ice cream and cake.

Interview conducted in St. Louis, MO.


scu_gatewaystem150x175 “I was kind of getting scared…what if my potential is not as high as theirs?”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “…you never know how it feels getting back up if you never fall down.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “I never wanted this to happen.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “… a whole lot of people in St. Louis haven't been to the Arch.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “… after that I felt worthless, and like a coward.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “Some teenagers my age are not like me for one big and important reason…”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “…it’s not all ice cream and cake.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “They just have to accept me for who I am.”
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