My Big Mouth by Stevie Joy

I realized I never used my platform to talk about how incredible my mother is.

It was the Jewish New Year recently. My mom spent hours in the kitchen making homemade chicken soup, brisket and many other delicious delicacies.

There’s nothing I love more than watching my mom and being able to hang out with her while she cooks in the kitchen. She tells me stories about how, when she was little girl, she would cook with her grandma. I’m now getting to cook with her and it feels like such a special moment.

My mom constantly displays strength, elegance and beauty. I’m so lucky to have a mom who is so inspiring. I hope I can strive to be just as incredible as her one day.

For most teens, it seems like such a wild thought — actually hanging out with your parents. But for me, I genuinely enjoy it and would much rather do it than go to the Grove shopping center with a couple of friends.

Her most prominent saying is, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.”

She’s got a strong spirit, incredible bravery, and always taught me to stand up for myself and never let anyone silence my voice.

This is why it’s important that women vote in November. That is, those who are old enough.

More girls in this world need to know their worth. Your body is yours alone and don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise. Human rights are women’s rights.

I love you mom and I can’t wait to keep cooking in the kitchen with you for many more years to come.

Stevie Joy lives in Belmont Shore and is an eighth grader at Larchmont Charter School in Los Angeles.

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