My Soldier, My Hero ...

By Ariel, age 15, Hawaii

My soldier, my hero, my boyfriend, and now my angel. On the night of October 27, 2008 I received one of the worst calls of my life. It was around 7:00 at night when I found out my boyfriend was hit by a car while riding his dirt bike and died. I was on the island of Hawaii getting ready to come back home to Maui. I was arriving at the airport at the time. My uncle Grant, who is only a year older than me, called and told me the bad news before my mom turned my phone off. My mom was trying to hide it from me so she could tell me once I'd arrived home.

During this past year my two best friends died*, my aunt died, and I witnessed an eight year old boy die in a car accident. I lost two other best friends last year too. One of them moved to the next island over from Maui, the other became a drug addict.

*I wrote about this in the July '08 issue. (Who Knew?)

I cannot believe my boyfriend died. I am thankful he told me he loved me a little over a week before he died. This is a tough battle I am going to have to go through once again. I am only 15 years old and have been told I have lost more people than any 30 year old person has ever lost. This is only my second year of high school, and I've learned how to accept the fact that someone is gone when they die, and I don't think that's a good thing to learn as a young lady.

I loved that boy with all my heart. It's so devastating that he's gone. He was so handsome and had such a great future ahead of him at only 17 years old. He was an amazing and very talented young man. I've been asking why someone as great as him had to leave our world. But then I realized God would never take a mean person's life because they wouldn't make a good angel.

Now that he's gone he will be the most perfect angel, and I know he will be watching all of us. I used to think that deaths and drama were just high school. But I've now realized that it's not just high school; it's a part of life. And life won't stop for you. There's no time to be sad and mad all the time because life keeps moving on and on and won't ever stop. So cherish what you have, love who you love, and live the life you live. I know my boyfriend did, and that's why he's the greatest angel.

R.I.P Keone M.
Forever with my love,

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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