It’s the little things that count in life
A couple weeks ago my roommate, Jannery Cuervo and I saw a sign that said, “Decorate your door contest!” We read the sign and the prizes were a twenty-five dollar gift card to Applebee’s for first place and a twenty-dollar gift card to the movies for second place.
At first we were not crazy about the idea because we just decorated our door for Christmas and we were both very busy with schoolwork. As the week went on we kept seeing different rooms starting to decorate their doors. The competitive side in me kicked in and I made my friend, Megan Vittorio go on a shopping adventure with me to find the best decorations possible. Our first stop was the dollar store and then our favorite store, Target. We were very successful with our shopping trip.
We came back and lugged all those bags from my car to the third floor of Reeves, which was not easy. It took about forty minutes to decorate the door because it had to be perfect. We first put wrapping paper down, then a bow, then some stickers, and hanging decorations. Our door said “To the RA’s, love Jannery and Marisa.” Our door was a giant Valentines Day card to the judges. It looked like this…
As the day went on more girls began to decorate their doors and something about my door was not right. I felt like my door should have more meaning behind it. We really wanted to leave an impression. Jannery and I were both ready to go to bed and as soon as I shut my eyes I said “This is war!” I turned to Jannery and told her we had to redo our door. We jumped out of bed, got tape, and started thinking.
We realized that it has been over two months since the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School happened. We then decided to dedicate our door to the victims that lost their lived on December 14th, 2012. We wrote each of the twenty-six victims names on a heart (20 children and 6 adults). The big heart that said to the RA’s was flipped over and we wrote “a valentine for the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook.” In our hearts, this was no longer a contest. It was about giving back and never forgetting those 26 lives. On Valentines Day we found out that we won first place! We won the twenty-five dollar gift card. But what do we do now? We did not want to accept the gift card because we dedicated our door for remembrance and for all those families who are still grieving in pain.
We are tying to figure out how to donate the gift card to one of the families of the children or adults. Do you want to know why? Because every little thing counts in life.