Sunday, December 13, 2009

Beauty is...

How would you fill in those blanks?
How would kids fill in those blanks?
Think they're the same?

A couple weeks ago, Texas Sweethearts PJ Hoover and Jessica Lee Anderson were given the chance to find out. Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade participated in the annual program run through the PTA called Reflections. PJ and Jessica volunteered to judge the literature entries, trying to decide which would go on to state and which would receive an honorable mention at the district level (a really hard choice, let me tell you).

The entries ranged from short poems to 2000 word essays! Some were heartfelt and brought tears to the eyes; some were funny and witty.
All were creative.
And all gave a priceless glimpse into the mind of a kid, somewhere as writers, we'd all love to peek (but not live) from time to time.

Fellow judges and authors Donna Bowman Bratton, Carmen Oliver, PJ Hoover, Debbie Gonzales , and Jessica Lee Anderson.

We were treated to dinner, an adorable goodie "cup" complete with gummi frogs and caramel popcorn. And the best part was that it was an honor to judge the competition. At the end of the night, we were left with a warm feeling in our hearts and a readiness to come back again next year.

And, of course, we wanted to go home and write our own entries on what beauty really is.

Beauty is reaching out and helping others and ending up helping yourself a little, too.


  1. Beauty is watching a child discover something new.

  2. So well said, Tricia. Children's minds are amazing.