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children’s books: perseverance

What if you had a big dream but no one would give you a chance to see what you could do? I felt like that sometimes when I was little because kids wouldn’t give me a chance to play games with them because I could’t run like them. Some of my children’s books deal with the power of perseverance and setting goals. For example, Tails of Sweetbrier highlights perseverance and Charlie the Horse, setting goals.

Have you heard about a young man named Jamarion Styles? He lost most of his arms, due to a rare bacterial infection he had as a baby. But Jamarion has a great attitude and a big dream. Every day he asked kids at the local community center if he could play basketball with them. Over and over again, his request was denied. Still, Jamarion persisted. He decided he would ask the coach at his middle school if he could join the basketball team.  He continued, “I don’t need to play; I just want to be on the team.”

Jamarion’s coach, Darian Williams, said,”How could I say no to a request like that.” The coach went on to say, “Jamarion was usually the first to come to the gym and the last to leave. He soon became know as the hardest worker on the team.”

Most of the season, Jamarion sat on the bench and watched. But the day came when Coach Williams put him in the game with six minutes remaining. Guess what happened? When Jamarion got the ball, he made a three point shot, with the crowd jumping and cheering for him. In fact, he’s made two three-point shots, one of which won the game.

As you might imagine, Jamarion is now welcome to play at the community center whenever he wants. He is planning to play volleyball as well next year. When he was interviewed, a reporter asked, “If I could wave a magic wand and give you your arms back, would you want them?”

Jamarion said, “Nah, I don’t need ’em.” Isn’t it great that one role he never plays, is being “the victim?” He makes the most of his skills and works incredibly hard to make his dreams come true. He’s an amazing example for kids everywhere. His story is a great example of whether you write children’s books, or anything else, perseverance may help make your dreams come true.

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copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


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