Thursday, August 9, 2012


            She wanted to be really good at something.

            So she tried out for the cheerleading squad.  As she watched the cheerleaders at each game, she memorized their routines.  She practiced at home in front of the mirror in her bedroom.  She did the routines for her little sister in the backyard.  Her dad said she was great.  But she didn’t make the squad.

            She tried out for a singing part in the school musical.  She bought the DVD and memorized all the songs.  She practiced them in her room singing along.  Her little sister told her she was wonderful.  Her mom said her voice was lovely.  But she was assigned to the chorus.

            She went out for the Basketball team.  Her middle school had a no-cut policy, so she did make the team.  Mom bought her a new pair of sneakers.  She worked hard at practice every day and was never late.  Dad put a hoop over the garage door, and she faithfully did 50 free throws every night. During the season she always got to play her required quarter.  But as the season progressed, her average points per game was less than one.  She began dreading the weekly stat report.

            She wanted to win a medal at the Science Fair.  Her uncle helped her choose and design her experiment.  Mom and dad bought all the material and let her set her project up in the laundry room.  She explained what was going on to her little sister each day.  Mom helped her write up her experiment, making sure it was perfect.  But all she got was a participation ribbon.

            She kept trying and trying, and her parents kept telling her that her efforts were very important – that she was learning valuable lessons during all her endeavors.  But just once . . . just once, why couldn’t she win.

            She just wanted to be really good at something.