Last evening as Rhonda and I were en route to a club meeting, her cell rang. It was our grandson, Alex, telling her that he had won a county-wide MLK Day short writing contest. All of the fourth and fifth graders in our county–quite a few schools–were asked to complete the following “I have a dream…” Alex in in the fourth grade.
Alex’s composition went pretty much like this:
I have a dream that everyone will be well, everyone will treat each other with respect, and everyone will feel good about themselves.
Of course, Rhonda told him how proud she was of him. I told Rhonda I wanted to speak with Alex when he was through speaking with her.
“I’m really proud of you, too, Alex,” I said. “‘The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.’ Do you know what that means?”
“No,” he said softly.
“It’s one of the phrases in my big cliche book. It means that children usually are able to do things like their other family members. Since I’m a writer, I’m really glad you enjoy writing, too.” I went on to talk to him about his abilities and how he could do anything he wanted to do.
Encouraging our children and grandchildren will help to mold their future. Don’t miss a chance to give positive feedback to your kids. It can make a world of difference in their future.