Our Weekly Message for May 1, 2003

Greetings special friends,

It is hard to believe that tomorrow will be May. May is a time for prom, tryouts, graduation, banquets, spring game and more activities than we can keep up with! Hope you are keeping up well.

Here are some thoughts for the day:

"We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation." Jim Rohn

"When a goal matters enough to a person, that person will finda way to accomplish what at first seemed impossible." -- Nido Qubein

"Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it, and spend it rather than invest it." -- Jim Rohn

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing that's why we recommend it daily." -- Zig Ziglar

Plan now for summer camps. Individuals will find several Jazz Camp dates and locations in Dallas and Houston. Jazz Camp is an opportunity for you to fine tune your skills as a performer. "I not only learned my double turn but was throwing triple turns by the end of Jazz Camp last summer!" says Chelsea Zimmerman from Dallas. Learn exciting new routines as well as technique rotations and tricks classes.

Directors can pre-register their teams and officers for camps using the online form on our web site. With over 75 private camps already booked and several hotel camps and campus camps at capacity, now is the time to register your team for the most exciting and innovative routines in the industry.

Paul Harvey has always found the right words to say at the right moment. Below is a special passage he read from author Lee Pitts' passage, "What I'd Like for My Grandchildren" that will allow them to relate to experiences we had. I hope that it touches you as it did me. It will make you appreciate your experiences a little more.

Have a wonderful week, and, as always, please keep in touch.

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Team®


What I'd Like for My Grandchildren
by Lee Pitts

We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my grandchildren, I'd like better. I'd really like for them to know about hand-me-down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches. I really would. I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated. I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car. And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen. It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your dog put to sleep.

I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in, I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother. And it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I hope you let him.

When you want to see a movie and your little brother wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him. I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely. On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.

If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one. I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books. When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head. I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.

May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole. I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend. I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle. May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays. I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through you neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

These things I wish for you--tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life.

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