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Budding Activist

January 12, 2009

I mentioned before that we got a letter in the mail encouraging us to go to our next city planning commission meeting to voice our opinion against the passionate supporters of beekeeping in the city. Well, we are supporters of beekeeping in the city. I guess that letter missed it’s mark. What the letter did do is fire Maddy (12 years old) up to do something. The letter was actually ridiculous. Citing facts that we might not know about bees, including the fact that bee feces can be a costly nuisance. What? I’ve never noticed a problem with bee feces. The letter was clearly grasping.

So, Maddy wrote a letter to the editor, got it emailed just a minute under the deadline and was published in our local paper’s Saturday issue. She was so proud and excited to see her name in print and realize that she, even a kid, had a way to reach people on an issue that was important to her. Our neighbor even called to congratulate her and told her that he wouldn’t be able to make the planning meeting because he had to go out of town. The next step that she is planning on is to create a petition against banning the keeping of bee hives in our city limits and get as many signatures as she can before the meeting and enter it as public testimony.

This is all without our urging. She’s just decided it’s an issue that is important to her and she will try to make her mark.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Tonia permalink
    January 12, 2009 6:47 pm

    Way to go Maddy!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    January 12, 2009 6:59 pm

    Alright, Maddy, you go girl! I am so proud of her. She has learned alot from you Lisa. Mom

  3. Kim permalink
    January 12, 2009 7:13 pm

    You have quite the daughter. That is so cool. Good luck, Maddy! We are rooting for you and the bees 🙂

  4. Prairie Momma permalink
    January 12, 2009 9:08 pm

    Maddy, one of our favorite verses in our home is 1Tim 4:12 “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” Our society doesn’t expect young people to tackle these types of issues but try to convince us all that youth must be spent in folly and selfish behaviors. I am SOOO proud to see you stepping out and “rebelling” against society’s idea of how your young age should be spent. Use this time to change the world in a big way and Glorify God!!! We love you!!! The entire herd

  5. Anonymous permalink
    January 13, 2009 4:13 pm

    Congratulations on stepping up to the plate! We are proud of you in speaking out about an important issue!
    Aunt K

  6. Jana permalink
    January 14, 2009 1:46 am

    Oh I love little activists. Good for you for seeking to make a difference.

  7. Cathy permalink
    January 17, 2009 2:51 pm

    Hurrah for Maddy. Keeping bees out of the city – preposterous.

  8. Lisa permalink
    January 17, 2009 5:44 pm

    Thanks to all of you for your kind words and encouragement!

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