One of these days, I suspect someone is going to start screaming at me, telling me to "just shut up already" about my kids. But you know, I just can't help it...I think we may just be genetically predisposed to be proud of our offspring's every accomplishment. And right now I am feeling especially proud of Annie...
A little background: There's a park near here with a beautiful hiking trail. It's a wonderful place to view wildlife. A great birding spot, for one thing. Anyway, they've proposed greatly widening, and paving, the trail for biking. Now, I most certainly have nothing against bikes. We love riding our bikes. But there are already a multitude of biking trails in the area. So anyway, last night there was a town meeting to discuss the whole matter. Bottom line, if the town goes through with it, they're going to get sued anyway, because they're ignoring the Endangered Species Act (there are two threatened species that would be affected and the current plans don't take this into consideration). Anyway, none of that is really the point anyway.
The point is that Annie took part in the process. She was incredibly nervous, but she went to this meeting and spoke up anyway. She only talked for a couple of minutes, telling about one of the wonderful experiences she has had along the trail. She told about how one day she had the privilege of watching a snapping turtle laying its eggs right there on the trail itself. And she said how she would hate to have these kind of experiences taken away from her in the future. I didn't get to attend the meeting (too late for the boys, and probably way too much sitting still for them as well), but Rich said Annie did wonderfully. She came home so proud of herself for battling her nervousness, and with a big smile on her face told me of how everyone clapped when she finished speaking.
Way to go, Annie!