Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hey, Good Job Kid, Way to Stick WIth It!

I spent the last couple of days with my God daughter, Savannah. She went to work with me then after work we piddled around running errands, replacing her busted Crocs, getting her a game for her DS for her birthday, and of course, eating.

She's 10 years old and going into 5th grade this year and soon middle school then, OMG...high school. She's grown up so fast and she's such a good kid. It really got me to thinking about kids in general.

We always hear about the kids that shoot up schools, kids that steal, kids that get pregnant, kids that kill their parents, kids in gangs. We only hear about the good kids when they do something really worth writing about, like having a bake sale and raising $3000.00 to open a school in Vietnam or something like that.

Not to take away anything from those kids, but what about the kids like Savannah? What about the kids that remember to say "thank you for the shoes", "yes please", or "thanks for lunch". What about the kids that do what their parents ask them to do? What about the kids that stay in school and graduate? What about the kids that never drive drunk or experiment with drugs? How about those kids that do great on their tests and don't have to be reminded to do their homework or take out the trash. Who writes about them? Besides their parents, who pulls them aside and says, "Hey, good job kid. Way to stick with it!"

Well, today I decided to write about it. Savannah doesn't have a computer because her grandma hasn't been able to afford one just yet but I'm going to make sure she reads this and knows that she is a good kid. She's trying to be a better person all the time. She does her home work without her grandma pushing her. She likes science. She's adjusted to all the ups and downs that life has thrown at her in the last 10 years and has come out the better for it.

Savannah, you need to know you're doing a great job with life right now. You are moving in the right direction and I can't wait to see the type of young lady you're going to grow up to be. You make me feel like we're the lucky ones because when we get old and gray, you're going to be out there with other kids that are strong and motivated like you and you'll be running this country and we're all going to be the better for it.

Love you, Savannah.

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