Exceptional Kids


Exceptional Kids Make For Exceptional Days

Dee Jason
Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, NMLS # 662874

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day.  Only when the exceptional happens do I sometimes stop and think, “WAIT!  I need to enjoy this.”exceptional kids exceptional days - blog

My daughter, Callie Anderson, Is giving me one of those times.  She’s #11, the starting setter for the state-bound, 8th Grade Mt. Pulaski volleyball team.  The team will play Altamont at Auburn High School in the first round of the state competition at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.  If the girls win, they will play again at 5:15 p.m.

We’ll all see some amazing teamwork at these state games.  Teamwork isn’t something that comes naturally; each and every player must contribute and work hard to make the team a team.  Teamwork requires extensive training, positive communication and working hard towards a common goal.  It is evident on the court that these girls make it a priority to build each other up, constantly encouraging and believing in each other both on and off the court.

We’ll also get to experience true school spirit; as a matter of fact, it will set the tone for wins and losses.    Before each game, the dads will have been busy painting signs to hang around town and the moms will have been working on signs to put out front of the school.  Even businesses around the square will decorate their windows and put up signs to show their support.  Of course, the students will do their part by practicing cheers and making sure they have the attire they need to let everyone know they’ll be rooting for the Honeybears. This kind of school spirit gives the team confidence that their classmates, friends, family and the whole town believes in them.

When I sit in the stands for the state games, I’ll be one of many proud moms.  We’re proud because these girls are simply amazing young ladies.  They take pride not only in themselves and their accomplishments, but their coaches, teammates and the school they represent.  But I’m also proud as a parent, having that feeling when your heart is overflowing with love and awe at what my daughter does on the court.  This emotion overwhelms me at the strangest times.  It’s an unexplainable feeling when watching my daughter be part of something amazing.  To be able to say…..that’s my girl!

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