May 22 2012

1,650 Walks with Dad

Too often, you hear about when Dad’s drop the ball.  I saw a story about a Dad doing a great job, that I had to share with you. 

He understands the value of time.

He got this idea, instead of rushing through the car pool line every morning he would take his daughter, Laura’s, hand, on the first day of Kindergarten, and walked her to school. 

They walked seven blocks, past a nature preserve, and over a drawbridge.  He tells her stories, and they play little games on the way.

It’s become such a tradition now that even some of Laura’s friends join them on their adventures. 

It’s been an unbroken tradition for ten years.  Last Friday was the 1,650th walk to school.    She graduated.

Way to go Dad.

By the way, her Dad, best selling author Frank McKinney. 

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May 21 2012

Healing for a Victim of Bullying

The thing about being a kidyou don’t understand differences.  You see it as something wrong.
Maybe you can remember back, if you dare, to junior high, and the teasing.

If you have school age kids, you’ve probably heard all about anti-bullying programs they have now.  Wish they had those when I was in school.  She does too.  I saw this story about a woman who instead of going to her 25th high school reunion she posted this poem on her Facebook page:

that little girl who came to school with the clothes she wore the day before
instead of asking why.. you picked on her
the little girl who had to walk to school while others rode the bus
instead of asking why.. you picked on her
the little girl who had bruises and was dirty
instead of asking why.. you picked on her
the little girl who was always crying
instead of asking why.. you picked on her

Her classmates saw it and were shattered.  They felt so bad for making fun of her differences instead of helping her, that they flew her in for the reunion, and started a scholarship fund in her name.  

Man, makes me want to go back and say some apologies.

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