We live in a society where high school graduation is celebrated but is also a given these days. Emphasis is instead place on the awards, the honors, the scholarships, the highest test scores. And those are wonderful accomplishments which absolutely merit accolades. But there are no awards given for perseverance….for enduring years during middle school

Today was our last full day on the coast. Rain is forecast as we are leaving tomorrow so I made a point to get up in time to see the sunrise. I sat out on the balcony for a long while and then came back inside and read while everyone slept in….I eventually dozed back