10 Year Old Breaks Record
And that’s exactly true.
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“Mother I want to learn how to swim.”
“You have the rest of your life dear”
“Mother, I want to learn how to swim, now!”
And before I knew it, not the swimming teacher, but her father had accomplished the job.
The next day at the swimming pool as I yelled, “Stay out of the deep end!” my daughter continued swimming across the entire pool.
I was startled.
I held my breath.
She did the impossible, not only across the pool, but the deep end of the pool.
What happened next, I don’t know. I fainted.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I used to say that I’m “Twice American”—South (Brazil) and North America.
1971—arrived in New York (Newark, South Orange, North Orange). Loved every minute and everybody.
Moved to Philadelphia in 1995.
Presently I’m a widow.
I like poems, and also write some.
I have written an interesting story about myself, and many interesting events. I’d like to find an expert person to help me with it, perhaps it will become a book or a movie.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Good news - we've made it easier than ever for teens to comment on our seniors' stories. 5 easy steps. That's it! Selected teens and high schools will be featured in upcoming blog posts.
So teens - pop open the Comment tab and try it out. Get out in writing anything that pops into your mind. And get creative on how you'd like to share our flier: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, texts, ... maybe even print out some hard copies and pin them up at a local hangout or on your school's bulletin board.
Thank you for submitting a comment and telling your friends! Here is a look at what some other teens have said, and what your words mean to our seniors and all of us:
|At an all-ages public event co-hosted by AARP, Free Library of Philadelphia, and Best Day, 17-year-old Olivia shared that Joe's story gave her a new appreciation for the visually impaired: "I discovered that I was the one who couldn’t see after I was enlightened by their insight." Click to hear the voices of this dynamic duo.
|In a story entitled "Pre-Judgment" Norman confesses that before participating in our storytelling class, he was "leery of young people." Hearing the stories of his peers in person and seeing younger readers' responses to these stories online caused his change of heart. Click to hear Norman's candid confession.
|Click to hear 16-year-old Madi talk about her participation in our program, and how Loretta's stories about homelessness has impacted her schoolwork and life. Madi first joined our class as a visitor, then became a regular attendee, and soon became a core intern and volunteer leading various aspects of the program both in person and behind the scenes.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
In response to one of our seniors' reflections on “People and Color”, 18-year-old Diamond writes, simply and boldly, “It doesn’t matter.” What power in 3 small words.
By Diamond Smith, 18
April 18, 2012
It Doesn’t Matter
In response to “People and Color” by Robert Mitchell, Senior
I don’t think that it should matter what color you are.
I think that, at the end of the day, we are all human.
My body is no different than the next person’s.
Diamond is in 11th grade at St. Mary’s Villa, and an Achieving Independence Center youth member. Her coach is Nicole Sonsini. Click Here to re-read the story that inspired Diamond to write her response.