Yesterday was the last day of school!!! We went to the awards ceremony and I was struck at how some children walked away with the majority of the awards, my daughter among them. There is a tendency to say, oh, they're just smart. Well, that's true. However, I know that it's not all smarts, but rather hard work. These kids work hard and rise to the top. So I was delighted that she has received a merit scholarship for next year. Thank you to the anonymous donor who has made this possible. I expect the competition to be fierce next year as the children work their hardest and be their best. What a great lesson to learn, that hard work pays off! Most of my education was funded through grants, scholarships, and hard work.
And so to all young readers: work hard.
To my writer-friends: don't think too much about publication. Write deeply from the heart. Practice the craft. Read lots. Take classes. Help one another to become better writers. And publication will follow.
My girl, I pray you will always strive to use your God-given gifts to become the person He created you to be. May our Lady guide you always to do our heavenly Father's will. God bless you.
An aside: I found Wind Rider by Susan Williams in my cabin at Honesdale. I ate it up! But this picture my daughter drew reminded me of that book. Shhhhh ... she's getting it as a gift.
Summer vacation has officially begun!!! I love this time with my kids.