I’m sure these are words many of us have said or heard in our lifetime. What’s great about this is — it’s true!
Just think, we too, were the hope of our parents and community. They were counting on us to do better than they did, solve society’s problems and ensure that they would have a better life in their old age. If we examine what we have accomplished today, what would we find? The point is, everyone should live their life with a consciousness to make a difference and live with the satisfaction that we have given our best.
Looking back, at a very young age I was already exhibiting talent as a writer. I was writing poems or being asked by others to write something. My grandfather called me often to his side to read a letter someone from down home had sent him. It made me feel important at the age of 10 to do this for him. Then, he would dictate his words so I could write his letter. He’d smile after I read it back to him and soon, off he would go to the post office to mail it. It never occurred to me that I was fulfilling his dream of helping him in his old age.
The September edition presents three of our community’s extraordinary kids who have won over my heart: high school senior, JoVon, an up and coming youth umpire and aspiring sportswriter; Alexis, a very active and smart pre-teen; and 8-year-old Officer Oliver who is warming the hearts of many nursing home residents. Tim DeWeese, director of Johnson County Mental Health, offers advice and tips to families to help maintain consistency, togetherness and positivity in the home. Measles cases are on the rise. We remind parents of the importance of vaccinating their children against this preventable childhood disease and more.
I invite you to join me in nurturing and protecting our greatest assets — our children.
We would love to hear from you. Share your heartwarming story on the contributions a child you know and admire is accomplishing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To your health and happiness.
Ruth Ramsey, Publisher