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Sample Personal Narrative

Gabriel Costas reflects on a moment that shaped his life. (See other narrative models.)

The Nurse Who Named Me

The scene is set right away.
Ten years ago, on my birthday, the delivery nurse asked Mom, “What will you name your baby?”

Mom gave a sad smile. “If she’d been a girl, she would have been Gabrielle. But he’s a boy, so Caleb.”

The nurse said, “Caleb is a fine, strong name.”

The story develops with dialogue.
“Yes, but Gabrielle was my mother’s name.” She sighed. “I wish she could have been here.”

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