The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors has recognized 10-year old Ashley Nuckols, a student at Curtis Elementary School, as the grand prize winner of the annual essay contest for Older Americans Month. As Charles Fishburne reports, Ashley won with an essay about her grandmother.
My Granny—My Inspiration
My granny was born in Okinawa, Japan. She came from a poor family but they had strong beliefs in family which helped them through a lot of things, like the death of her father when she was 5 years old. When she was 11, she was adopted by an American couple and went through a lot of prejudices. Through her struggles she has become a strong person who I admire. She teaches others through their mistakes and experiences.
One of the reasons why I admire her is because she is a strong believer in God and teaches me and my brothers about Him. She has taught us that God blesses us even when we are bad because He loves us very much. I have learned that by having faith and being saved that one day I will go to Heaven. She tries to live her life as a Christian and leads me in the same direction.
Another reason why I admire my Granny is because she took care of my Grandpa when he was struggling with cancer. She gave him baths, fed him, and made sure he took his medicines. She never gave up on him or on her faith that God would heal him. When some people would have given up on him, she NEVER would. The more he was in the hospital and the sicker he got, the stronger and more determined she became to help him through it. She is a strong person because even when he passed away she overcame her sadness.
I also admire her because she is always there for me. She is always willing to help me, whether it’s with homework, brushing my hair, or with advice. She takes care of me when I am sick or hurt. She always makes sure that I eat healthy and not too much. When I am sad she always tries to cheer me up. I could not imagine my life without her in it because she makes me feel so loved and I love her very much. Seeing how she lives her life, the lessons that she teaches and how she puts others before herself has inspired me to be a better person.
C.E. Curtis Elementary