Friday, March 21, 2014
Remember the Ala What?
By Jody Worsham
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You know how once in a while you try to do something mannerly your mother taught you to do in social situations? Or you try to put into practice what you learned in that very expensive networking workshop about making connections and establishing relationships? This is one of those times when I tried both.
My twelve-year-old entered the Daughters of the Republic of Texas essay contest. The topic was William Barrett Travis and the Victory or Death letter he wrote from the Alamo. She did her research. I helped her outline it. I asked her questions; she formulated answers. She dictated; I typed. She printed the essay.
When she needed more words, she quoted lengthy passages from Travis’s letter, giving credit and using quotation marks I am proud to say. She printed the essay again. This time there were the correct number of pages done in the font and size required. She submitted her essay.
And it won second place! She received a certificate and a gift card. Here she was barely into her second decade and she got “paid” for her writing. I’m still waiting for my first payment for an essay and I am waaaaay past my second decade. Still, I was happy and proud for her.
The DRT representative came to the school for the presentation and took pictures for the local newspaper. I also took pictures with my i-pad. She asked if I would e-mail my pictures to her so she would be sure to have a variety of shots to choose from for the newspaper.
I did and I also took this opportunity to write an e-mail thank you note like my mother taught me. Ok, my mother said to use Hallmark notecards and ink, but this is the electronic age and Mother is now 94. I thanked the representative for the encouraging words she gave to my child, for running the contest so efficiently, and for taking the time to personally come to the school for the presentation.
Thank you note written in a timely manner….CHECK!
Establishing connections and relationships (I have an eight-year-old who will enter the 7th grade on schedule hopefully and will also enter the contest.)…CHECK!
E-mail address entered…Daughters of the Republic of Texas dot yada yada…CHECK!
Subject: DRT Award…AUTO CORRECT
Subject: DIRT Award…Not CHECKED!
Banishment from future DRT contests is eminent. However, as a proud Texan, I take comfort in the fact that William Barrett Travis did not have access to a computer. If he had, the Texas battle cry might have been
“Remember the A la mode”