I have the below article framed in my office. It proudly resides in a shadow box that sits on a little black table in the corner off to the right of my computer desk. The box shares its space with various cards, dried orchid petals, a ceramic dragon and, it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway… a dragonfly! A colorful origami bird even nests atop the box. Get the picture?
This article is special to me because it was written twelve years ago by my daughter, Maggie, the summer after eighth grade, as an audition piece for our local paper’s Teens in the Newsroom program. As you can see, she was accepted, and she remained on the teen staff throughout all of high school and a bit beyond! She was the first person in the family to have a paid writing gig!
Now this article is doubly special to me because one of the student ambassadors whom Maggie interviewed was her brother, Andrew (see picture). At the time we hadn’t been made aware that she wasn’t supposed to submit a piece that included a family member, but good work is good work, so the article ran. Maggie got to share Andrew’s incredible experience, and I was able to commemorate a wonderful daughter/son memory!
The article is a bit blurry, but still very readable. The program’s motto of “Peace Through Understanding” drives this service-based organization in its endeavor to bring the world closer together. Spreading connection and understanding is a noble goal, and a daily reminder of that sits across from me in my office inspiring me to do the same.