It’s Independence Day. Parents lay out blankets and lawn chairs while children run freely, eating elephant ears and throwing footballs. Eventually, the parents call their children, who come, reluctantly leaving their games. Moms lay out chips and dip, cheese and crackers, and other assortments of snacks which kids quickly devour. The sun is beginning its slow descent from the sky, and the sunlight dims gradually. Silent tension builds in preparation for the show that is to come.
That is how Carmel High School senior Matt Del Busto opens his award-winning piece entitled Independence. It is a story about a young boy who asks his Dad, a combat veteran, if the loss of his leg was worth it. The fictional account unfolds during the singing of the National Anthem at a July 4th celebration.
…. His mind flashes back. The present world no longer exists, and he sees snapshots of a scene unfolding before him. A Humvee, leaving a trail of dust in its wake. Talking and laughing. A scalding hot day. A bead of sweat dripping off his nose. An impossibly loud explosion. Screaming, then silence.
For the second year in a row, Matt Del Busto is the winner of the Carmel Clay Library Guilded Leaf Creative Writing Contest. The award recognizes the best of the best and includes a $100 prize as well as an opportunity to rub elbows with professional authors at the annual luncheon. It is obvious; Matt is a talented writer. His name appears each month as Managing Editor of CHS HiLite Student News Magazine. Next year, he hopes to pursue his passion at a university, yet to be named. Any school would be lucky to have him, as Matt has proven to be a well-rounded member of our community. He is a 4 year member of the CHS Football team and extremely active in his church, which includes community service.
He said, “I am fascinated by the power of words. By putting pen to paper, people’s eyes can be opened.”
…. Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there…he vaguely remembers a hospital bed. An IV drip. A calm voice speaking to him. An American flag draped on the wall…
Matt keeps the reader hanging on every word until the very end to find out how the dad responds to his son Max’s question. To read the entire story, it can be found at www.gooddaycarmel.com.
Good Day, Carmel.