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Our Turn: Neila Shee

What was your first memory?
Luca Hinesman
Neila Shee recalls her childhood memories. She remembered all the people who left a mark on her life. “My first memory was at a birthday party. It was at my babysitter’s house when I was really young.”

“My first memory was at a birthday party. It was at my babysitter’s house when I was really young. My babysitter, I called her Aunt Jerry and she and I were very close. I’d spend every day, all day with her. I think it was her son, Philip’s birthday. I remember there was a vanilla cake with lavender highlights on this white cake. Philip had gotten for his birthday a cup of stacking games and it timed you to see how fast you were. I watched Phillip stack the cups and then collapse them and he did it really fast. Then I watched my brother, Nolan do it. He did it also pretty fast, and then I did it and I thought I stacked those cups super fast and they applauded me like I did, like I was the cup stacking champion. But looking back on it, I was really young so I was probably really slow. But it felt really good just hearing that encouragement. It still feels good, especially now since I know that despite the applause being unwarranted, they still loved me and had genuine excitement simply because of their pure enthusiasm for seeing me happy. I think that memory also sort of encapsulates what kind of energy I was surrounded with by my Aunt Jerry. Just very supportive and wholesome.”

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Luca Hinesman
Luca Hinesman, Journalist
Luca Hinesman is currently a Sophomore at Community High School and a believer in buying expensive coffees. When not in CET rehearsals or mock trial practices, you can find them reading books about revenge, catching up on homework, or hanging out with friends. Luca is currently in their first semester with The Communicator and is excited to contribute their ideas this year!

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