Head, Hands, Heart, Health

 

It was a busy week, but I was able to get the 4H Creative Writing  projects in just under the wire. Don't let anyone tell you judging is  easy, especially in an area that can be so subjective. If I was a sports  judge, I suppose I'd rather be in track and field rather than figure  skating, for instance.

What makes it harder is that  there are three categories: beginner, intermediate, and why the heck  wasn't I that good in high school? You can't judge them by the same  standards; it would be like failing a fourth grader because he couldn't  do advanced trigonometry, which is maybe a bad example because I never  could do advanced trigonometry. I don't even know what it is. I'm still  trying to figure out what x equals.

My problem  is that I tend to go too easy, out of empathy for how I might have  reacted to a harsh comment at that age. (Hint: I had very low self  esteem.) But in trying to balance that, I worry about being too hard on  the writers. They need to know if they have weak areas to be worked on,  but they don't need me turning into that jerk chef on those cooking  shows. So I try to be--I don't know--gentle, but guiding. All this  stressing myself out is also why I struggle to do book reviews.

In  any case, I've never seen a single 4H entry that didn't show potential  for great works to come. That's exactly the kind of thing the world  needs: imagination, industry, interest, and literacy. Which comes  awfully close to the 4H motto of head, hands, heart, and health.

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