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I Wish I Could ! I Wish I Could!
By Betty L. Torain
Saturday, August 27, 2005

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Children Can Reach Their Goals If They Are willing To Work Hard, Follow Instructions, And Respect Those In Charge.

Minnie a twelve-year old Middle School Seven Grader, defeated a long series of opponents, to win the Girl's Division Marble Championship.

Minnie is a honor student: She plays the piano,is a member of the Drama Club,
Debate Team. She won the World'Spelling Bee Champion 3 years straight. She also won the reading contest at the public library 3 consecutive summers. The girl has a sharp mind.

For the most part Minnie obeys her parents and does her chores at home.
She attends church, plays the piano for her Sunday Class, and sings in youth chorus.

With all of her accomplishments however, her heart's desire was to play some kind of sport. She would go to the games and say, "Why can't I play some kind of sports."
She went to the Head Coach of the base-ball team and, he let her try out with the team. She was so elated, she could not sleep the night before the game. Her parents and friends were there to encourage her. She played the first base but, was not able to hold on to the ball, she became so frustrated she started to cry. And, then when it was her turn to bat, she could not strike the ball. The next day at school she was told she did'nt make the team.
She was so sad, she refused to go to lunch or play with her class mates.

She kept saying to herself, "There must be something I can do to make myself better." " I will try out for the soccer Team." After getting permission from the coach, she tried out with the team but, was not accepted. She cried and cried, her mother tried to console her but, she kept saying, "There must be some kind of sport I can play."

One evening Minnie was reading the newspaper and saw that they were having a marble tournament,and she said to her parents, "Please let me try out." They were a bit reluctant,not wanting to see her hurt again but, they always encouraged minnie to pursue her dreams. So, they said,"Go for it." Minnie thought, "I don't know how to play marbles, but I will teach myself." She went to the dime store and bought 2 sets of marbles. Everyday after school she practiced for a couple of hours. She did finger-tip push-ups for an hour each night before bed. She practiced so hard her knees and thumbs were bloody. The girl knew what she wanted and was willing to pay the price.

After two weeks of practice, it was time for the tournament, she kept saying"I can do it! I can do it!" Minnie had on blue jeans, a red tea shirt and white tennis shoes. She was ready to win!

With her parents and friends watching, Minnie went and won the girls division. She then won the boy's division. She was the first girl to ever win the boy's tournament in entire history.

The Head Coach, and the President of the Texas Marble Association presented Minnie with two trophies. The town newspaper did a write-up, pictures were taken of Minnie and her parents took she and her friends out for pizza party!

Minnie was thankful to God, her parents, and everyone that supported her. You Can! You Can!

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Reviewed by Pamilla deLeon- Lewis 11/18/2005
Kudos to Minnie...perseverance pays off...very inspiring story. Minnie is my kind of girl, she has a lot of heart.......wonderful story.....
Pamela deLeon- Lewis
Reviewed by Monika Arnett-Cochran 9/27/2005
You are an incredible woman...who can! My mother has alzheimers and severe dementia and at the age of 72, she is physically so healthy. You are very encouraging! May our Heavenly Creator continue to bless you and yours. I embrace you with love and peace....
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 9/20/2005
This makes a wonderful children's story, and works well because it encourages children to never think that they can't do something. Always be thinking positive.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/13/2005
Thanks for sharing this very inspiring piece...and your visit to my Den!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by L. Figgins 8/27/2005
If you can't go throught it, find a way around it..that's my philosophy. Minnie is a very resourceful young lady and I predict she will go far...ty Betty!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/27/2005
wonderful message in this inspiring write, well done, betty!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D

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