Adults and children interact with typewriters at the American Writers Museum

AWM Story of the Week

Every week, the AWM is excited to bring you stories written by our visitors in our Story of the Day exhibit. Check back weekly for new stories, and visit the Museum to try out our typewriters and possibly be featured here!

Words have power, use them wisely:

There is a power and majesty to the written word. The power it affords us is something that transcends space and time. Writing alone lets us know the thoughts of people past and in different places. With a little effort to learn a new language, the world opens even more. No other form of communication can so clearly express ideas from one distant person to another.

We wish you a Happy Birthday next week Wahab, and hope you enjoy the day with your parents:


My name is Wahab. You probably don’t know me. That is strictly because I am very awkward. My mom is nice. She is very hard working. I can’t really get anything that popular kids get though. My birthday is on July third. I love my parents. But some things get me really annoyed. A

Even in tumultuous times, we should all remember that we are all the same on the inside:

I’m not White.

You’re not Black, or Latino, or Asian, or African.

I’m not fat.

You’re not tall or small or too skinny or too big.

I’m not weird.

You’re not crazy or too shy or too passionate.

I’m not judging you, just like you aren’t judging me.

I’m not different. I’m human. Simply human.Just like you and your neighbor. And that homeless man you walked past today. And that old lady selling fruits for a living. And that person right across the world you share your birthday with.

We are all human.

Simply human.

Lara, Seventeen.

I might be living in a place called Germany, but I am also living in the same place you do.

The world.

Be kind to each other.

Love each other.

Care for each other.

We might look different but on the inside we are all the same.

Do not label us.

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