Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Reflections 2014

Reflections is always a big thing at our house. We have had many years of fun projects. This year was no different.

THEME: The World Would Be a Better Place If...

Daisy was planning on entering a photograph, but when it came down to the wire, we didn't get it done. (Sometimes that happens.)

Ivory wrote a song. She composed it during the summer, since they know the theme by the end of the school year. She worked really hard to get it just right. Her sisters helped her perform.

Her hard work paid off. Although they forgot to bring a computer to the awards evening, so no one got to see it, she still earned a medal moving her on to the next level.

Robyn wrote a poem.

The World Would Be a Better Place If...

The world would be a better place if all the world was green if it seemed.
Speaking of seam, if clothes would size themselves to fit you,
if dogs didn't leave around so much do-do the world would be a better place.
If you could be perfect, no rashes or sores,
If you had books that didn't weigh so much, the world would be a better place.
If unicorns existed, if there was no lice in my hair,
the world would be a better place.

By Robyn Cazier

She got a ribbon for participation. Next year I think she should enter a comic. Do they have a category for art and literature combined??

June entered two categories: Literature and Art. She came home with two trophies!

I don't have a picture of her art piece, but she used Washi tape and made a collage of tape. It was very interesting.

June's story was great. Take a moment to read it.

The Best Friends
By June Cazier

     The world would be a better place if everyone had friends. But not just any friends–friends with good influence; nice friends, happy friends. The world would be a better place if everyone had my friends.
     Kindness is one of my friends. She's with me all the time, hovering over me. She is shy. She whispers in my ear. And Kindness seems to know everything. She whispers about a lonely girl, or a boy whose feelings are hurt. Kindness invites me to help them, to be kinder. She is a friend I love to be with.
     Kindness is the one who led me to Nature. Nature is pretty, but no one seems to like her. Mean and Dislike, the school bullies, seem to always be near her. They picked pedals off her flowers, threw stones at her birds, and yelled at her breezes. Nature seems to always be alone.
     But now, Nature is a close friend of mine. She has shown me the true beauty of the world. Now, I see everything the way it was meant to be seen. I take in everything around me. Nature brings out my real personality.
     Love has been my friend for a long time. She has led me to love others as I love myself. She makes me feel compassion for everyone. Thanks to Love, I treat others as I would want to be treated.
     Positive is always happy! She is, by far, my loudest friend. She is always shouting cheerful, absolute things. She is the optimist. She shows me things I hadn't seen before. Positive always overpowers a bad situation with wonderful words, helpful phrases, and positive thoughts. I've never heard Positive say an unhappy thing in her life! And since I befriended Positive, I haven't said or even thought as many negative things.
     Patience is quiet and sweet, nothing like Frustration. She is soothing and soft. She is the one who keeps me calm and friendly, even when I don't feel that way. She waits for me. She is kind, and understanding too. She shares my burdens and feels my happiness. Patience is a friend everyone needs.
     Industry is always ready to work. She is helpful. She puts service as a leading priority and serves everyday. When I watch Industry work, it gives me a ready feeling, a feeling that I should get out and do some work, too. Industry makes me happy, and a harder worker.
     Honesty is another of my wonderful friends. Honesty is a special friend. He gives me confidence to do the right thing, even when I do it alone. He gives me confidence to tell the truth. I can't even think of the last time I told a lie since I met Honesty.
     Laughter is funny. She makes me laugh until my cheeks hurt. She makes me laugh even when I don't feel like laughing. She makes me happy. Just seeing her makes me smile.
     Cheerfulness is right behind her, ensuring that I'm always happy and having fun. They make a great team.
     Modesty is a big part of my life. She helps me to keep my clothes modest, but the modesty I've built inside is what I credit her for. I can do good things and sit quietly instead of bragging and boasting. I congratulate others on their achievements without getting jealous and bitter. Modesty is a helpful friend.
     Share has a giving personality. She gives to all, and she inspires me to give also. She is kind to everyone. She does unselfish deeds everyday. Although many of her deeds go unnoticed and many more are credited to others, she just shares some more. I want to have a loving, giving, helping quality about me; just like Share.
     Charity is gentle. She is always ready to help, and never turns away from you. She is always ready to assist those around her. Charity seems to perfect, like all my friends.              Organization is a good friend too. He keeps things clean and organized. With him around, I remember to keep my room clean. I pick up litter. But he has done more than that. I feel more organized. I feel like a better person. Maybe it's just me, or maybe my friends have had a great impact on me, but I feel happier.
     With the help of my amazing friends, Kindness, Nature, Love, Positive, Patience, Industry, Honesty, Laughter, Cheerfulness, Modesty, Share, Charity, and Organization, I have definitely become a greater, happier, person. I certainly have a happier life, now that I've had this fantastic influence to always do the right. My friends are helping me to be my best, and they are bringing out qualities I didn't even know I possessed. My friends make me happy.

     They are the best friends I could ask for. The world would surely be a better place if everyone had friends such as these.

I think she did such a good job. I think my friend 'patience' has been avoiding me. Or maybe she is just busy during the holiday season. If you see her, tell her I could use a good chat.

I'm proud of all my kids and the imagination they use all the time.


meganmushrat said...

June's literary contribution is so wonderful I'm not going to ruin it by pointing out the one grammatical error I found. (I think you guys get tired of me finding them anyway). Ivory's song was so cute. I think all the girls did a good job. Wait until Daisy and Pearl get into the mix!

Tim Dargan said...

I didn't really understand the song but it was really great! :)