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“Dad, promise me you won’t come” I said, my voice resounding with that obnoxious combination of teenage annoyance and worry that my plea would go ignored. “Ok, fine I won’t go” he replied, disappointment clearly resonating in his voice.  Maybe he was hoping that his sad response would get me to change my mind, but it didn’t.  For as was typical of kids that age, or at least typical of 15 year old Holly, my main concern was getting what I wanted and it seemed I had succeeded.  For two years in high school, I ran cross country and track...

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Little Kid, Big Inspiration “Get Graham, he’s in next!” I hear the coach yell over to the sideline where the group of blue clad Southington Knights stand waiting.  Hearing Graham’s named be called made me become more alert, but as I watched Graham, who I had been watching carefully since the start of the game, he barely flinched at the sound of his name.  That’s because since the game began, he had been waiting in the ready position.  Not using his time on the sideline to joke around and chat with teammates but instead taking in every moment he was...

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As a teacher for 12 years, I sat in many parent conferences. Depending on the situation, those meetings could either feel like a breeze or be somewhat more nerve wracking.  However, each year, I always had a few conferences that I really looked forward to.  There were kids each year that really stood out to me.  Students who perhaps were not only doing well academically, but who were kind, caring, respectful, hard working and responsible. Each time I sat down to one of those conferences, I found myself wanting to ask the parents for parenting tips, as they had clearly...

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"There it is.  That’s the hut over there.”  I followed James’ glance and saw the hut in the distance.  On this unusually beautiful and clear day, the sight of the hut, while reassuring, was preceded by miles of rocky land.  There remained hours left in our journey before we would call the hut home for the night. I pushed away those daunting thoughts and instead of focusing on how far we still had to go, I looked down at the uneven rocks below my feet, took a step forward and said to myself in a whisper, “Each step is progress,...

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Worth It I had undeniably lost sight of the big picture. Multiple times prior to this weekend, I found myself stressed and annoyed about the trip to New Hampshire. An away weekend tournament for AAU basketball, and with both boys playing in different age groups, on different teams, my head was spinning as I got ahold of the game schedule.  I checked my calendar, scribbling to-do lists down on paper, making a plan for what meals/snacks and supplies needed to be packed to keep a family of five fueled for two days away from home. By the time the long...

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