Rosemead Kiwanis Club

   "Serving the Community Since 1945"






The Fax of Life

A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley

March 9, 1997                                                                       Vol. 2,   No. 18


A Lesson in Heart


A lesson in "heart" is my little 10-year-old daughter, Sarah, who was born with a muscle missing in her foot and wears a brace all the time. she came home one beautiful spring day to tell me she had competed in "field day" -- that's where they have lots of races and other competitive events.


Because of her leg support, my mind raced as I tried to think of words of encouragement for my Sarah, things I could say to her about not letting this get her down -- things I had heard many famous coaches tell the players when they were faced with defeat -- but before I could get a word out, she looked up and said, "Daddy, I won two of the races!"


I couldn't believe it! And then Sarah said, "I had an advantage."


Ahhhh. I knew it. I immediately thought she must have been given a head start . . some kind of physical advantage. But again, before I could say anything, she said,


"Daddy, I didn t get a head start . . . my advantage was I knew I had to try harder!"


That's heart!  That's my Sarah.


                                                                           --- Stan Frager  


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