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Look carefully...at the seemingly small moments...in the constant shaping of souls.- Neal A.Maxwell

What Matters

Today after dropping my 3rd grader off for his first day of school one of the staff stopped me.  She wanted to give me a poster that she had been saving - my now 7th grader had made it in 4th or 5th grade.  The kids had been asked why the school rules (Be responsible, Be respectful, Be safe, Do your best) were important.  My son's poster was made with plain white paper and a number 2 pencil.  Nothing eye-grabbing to look at but upon reading what he wrote I agree - it's worth saving.

with spelling in tact:

What Matters

Be Responsible:  You should be responsible so others can trust and count on you and so you can trust yourself.  It is hard to gain trust even your own it might seem simple but it isn't always.  You could end up thinking you can't do somthing but you never know until you try.

Be Respectful:  You should always be respectful with others belongings.  It is always immportant to treat others the way you want to be treated.  Don't think because it's not yours you don't ahve to worry about it.  Treat others with respect.

Be Safe:  You should always be safe for your own good.  If your doing somthing dangerous to get some attenshon or because of a friend you need to think is what you get out of it as immportant as what you could lose.  So just be safe and have fun.

Do your best:  You should always do your best.  Because it thats what really matters not what you did but how you did it.  So be the best you can be and thats what counts.

Marshmallow Money

Our family went camping this weekend.  Roasting marshmallows and a tree swing were two of the main highlights for my 8 year old.  I told him I did not remember roasting marshmallows when I went camping as a child.  He asked why.  I guessed it was because my family did not have money for extras.  Then I remembered piano lessons and swimming lessons and other "extras" we had growing up.  I changed my answer and told my 8 year old that my parents budget allowed for occasional sweets but the rest of their money was spent elsewhere.  I commented that maybe we could have treats less often and find a better place for our money to go. 

A few minutes later my 8 year old said, "I've always wanted to go to Paris."  (This coming from a boy whose traveling has never exceeded 900 miles from home.)  I asked what made him think of Paris.  His response, "You said there could be a better place for our treat money to go and I thought Paris would be a nice place."

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