On Saturday mornings, I usually surf the net for stories about pop culture, motivation, and inspiration.   There are so many times in my life that I’ve just wanted to give up on everything because it either wasn’t going as planned or wasn’t going quickly enough.   This week has been a roller coaster of motivation and despair all rolled into one.  Until I seen this story….

A Pennsylvania first-grader who doesn’t have hands won a trophy and $1,000 in a penmanship competition.

The Nicholas Maxim Award, a prize from educational publisher Zaner-Bloser Inc. that recognizes disabled students with exceptional handwriting was awarded to, Annie Clark, 7; their first recipient.

“Annie has always been very, very determined, very self-sufficient in dressing herself and feeding herself,” her dad Tom told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “She can ride a bike. She swims. She is just determined that there’s nothing she can’t do.”

The Clark family has a total of nine children where Annie is one of five siblings adopted from China.  Most of the Clark family has disabilities.

Writing by wedging a pencil between her two arms, Annie accepted the award from the basketball court at Wilson Christian Academy.

What an amazing story of overcoming adversity.    Kudos to Annie for inspiring this blogger once again.  You are a hero!

I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet. -Anonymous


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