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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