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One Big Eraser

Ten-year-old Abigail asked this question: "If you could erase anything in the world, what would you erase and why?"

These girls shared their thoughts:

One time, I accidentally said something mean to my friend. It slipped out of my mouth, and she got mad at me. I wish I hadn't said it, and I would erase those words for sure.
–Maeve, age 10, Massachusetts

I would erase popularity. I think people all should be nice to one another. No one should be "cooler" than anyone else!
–An American Girl fan, age 12, Wisconsin

I want to erase war. My dad is in the army, and I don't see him a lot. Sometimes I worry about him. I wish wars would end so that he could come home.
–Samantha, age 11, South Carolina

I'd erase math tests. Less time preparing for tests would mean more time playing outside or practicing my clarinet.
–Gretchen, age 12, Texas

If I could erase something, I'd get rid of secrets. They have the power to end friendships.
–Sara, age 9, Minnesota

I would erase autumn. Even though I love jumping in the leaves, I don't like to rake them!
–Cassandra, age 10, New Jersey

My little brother is teased at school. I wish I could erase that bullying. He's an awesome kid, and he doesn't deserve to be treated that way.
–Emma, age 11, California

If I could erase something, it would be messy rooms. If people never had to clean again, they could have a lot more time to do fun stuff.
–Bethia, age 12, Michigan

If I could erase anything, it would be frowns. I'd turn them into smiles. My motto is, "Smile—you'll be happy you did!" Life would be a lot more cheerful if everyone smiled.
–Leah, age 13, New Jersey

I'd definitely erase stress. If I get stressed out about a test or volleyball game, I usually mess up even more. Feeling cool and calm would help me do things better.
–Abby, age 12, Texas

I would erase unrealistic ideas of "the perfect body." I think girls would be a lot happier if they weren't always comparing themselves to others.
–Bonnie, age 10, North Carolina

Writer's block would be the thing I would erase. I love to write, but sometimes it's hard to come up with ideas. It would be cool if story ideas just popped into my head.
–Honey, age 12, Oregon

If I could erase anything, I'd erase food allergies. Some of my friends and family members can't eat the foods that I love, and it makes me feel bad. Not having food allergies would also relieve anxiety about eating in new places. No more food allergies would make the world a little safer.
–Elizabeth, age 13, Massachusetts

I would erase my goof-ups—my brother never lets me forget my embarrassing moments!
–Kristin, age 11, Kansas

I'd erase darkness, because sometimes I'm afraid of the dark. I feel a lot happier when it's sunny and bright outside.
–Isabel, age 12, Minnesota

I wouldn't erase anything. I think that some things in the world need to be a little tough so that we become stronger, better people.
–Rachel, age 13, Maryland