Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hard Work Pays Off


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.

8 comments:

Mirka Breen said...

Congratulations to you hard-working daughter, Vijaya. The real rewards will keep coming.

Faith E. Hough said...

Yep. Intelligence and talent need to be nurtured through hard work and determination. (I am laughing at myself now, because I totally misspelled/typed "intelligence" on the first try. Oh, well. Some people are smart and the rest of us have to rely on plain old hard work. :)

Gary Ludlam said...

Congratulations! I know that receiving such a tangible reward can be a real motivator. I truly believe that hard work is the key to realizing talent. Your kids have both. God bless.

Ruth Donnelly said...

What a lovely post, and that picture is beautiful! Congrats to you and your daughter.

Leandra Wallace said...

Yay on your daughter's achievements, and yay to you for helping to instill a good work ethic. Yay! =)

Bish Denham said...

Congratulations to Dagny. Tell her I LOVE the picture!

Marcia said...

Congratulations again to Dagny. I love the look on her face.

Vijaya said...

Thank you all so much, for your encouragement and prayers. And Gary, I saw Joshua walk away with many of the awards too :) I know how hard these kids work, so it is great to recognize them.

I think we'll have an arty summer ... there's been some pencil sharpening going on.