has allowed me to observe the many firsts that a newborn baby goes
through within the first few months of its life. Her first smile, her
first time laughing, her first tooth showing, her first baby steps, her
first time sleeping over, her first time eating solids—these are all
huge milestones in my granddaughter’s young life. She is gradually
becoming more independent in her walking, especially when she focusses
on a goal, and if she uses her arms and hands to balance herself.
watching my daughter participate in her first triathlon last weekend
made me marvel at the determination, endurance, and will-power which
helped carry her through to the end of the race. The initial 700 meter
swim was followed by a 20-km cycle and concluded with a 5-km run to the
finish line. I was amazed that what she had started out to do over half
a year ago, she actually accomplished by even beating her goal of
completing the triathlon in one hour and 45 minutes.
students at the Pearson Adult Learning Center is a lot like watching my
granddaughter and daughter reach their goals for the first time. A
student discusses a plan to graduate with a Dogwood diploma and chooses
the necessary courses with a teacher. From here on it is up to the
student to attend classes, to do the homework, to write the exams, and
to complete the courses.
With a lot of focus, self-discipline,
and encouragement from teachers, any adult student can also be
successful in his first steps towards meeting their educational goal.