Dear Future Friend,

Here at FMA I wanted to go home after a few minutes. On the last expedition you are going to want to give up, but don’t. It’s worthwhile. At home I thought I needed help on everything, but, by the end of the year, I learned that I could do things I never imagined I could do or would do. I have a sense that I can do anything if I put my mind to it.
 I want to say something and that is never give up. Keep going at it. I never thought I would hike along the Appalachian Trail, but I did even sometimes with two feet of snow on the ground. I made it through the snow and I am only 5’ 3”.
I have learned a lot of Ms. Margaret’s ideas and virtues and ever since I began learning them, I have been trying to make them own. It takes work to use someone else’s “tools,” even though they know better than you, but take them and put them in your own “tool box.”
I have learned a lot that I never thought I would be learning. I still lack on some things such as taking criticism without letting it go into my heart and get me down. If you are the same way, Ms Margaret will tell you, “You’re a big, fat, purple elephant.” It isn’t true, and since there isn’t any use in arguing about it, you will learn you don’t have to believe or worry about everything that other people say about you.
One thing I will take home is the sense of achievement. You will get it too by the end of the year. Don’t let anyone put you down.
Chana K.
Speed Bump
P.S. There are always cows outside your window, on Mr. Wayne’s property, and they moo a lot.
P.P.S The mountains and trees are there for you if you need someone to talk to.

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