So on Sunday night I decided to wipe the table clean and start a speech from scratch.  Rich and I felt that what I had was apropos for another stage.  Hint hint.  Like I said, we’re skiing on the same page.

The club contest is in 4 weeks and 5 days.  So since Sunday, I got out my old list of “Lessons I Want Meaghan To Learn”  since they are important to me.

Wanna see my List?  In no particular order, things I am trying to teach my kid:

  1. Never Give Up
  2. Be authentically you.
  3. Be honest with yourself and others.
  4. Always give your best effort.
  5. Be compassionate.
  6. Crush fear with action.
  7. Know yourself.
  8. Always seek the Truth.
  9. Dream Big.
  10. Embrace humility.
  11. Don’t be afraid to speak up.
  12. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  13. Consider others before you act.
  14. Clean up your own messes.
  15. Share.
  16. Receive with grace.
  17. Give everyone a second chance.
  18. Carpe Diem.
  19. People trump numbers every time.
  20. When choosing your husband, don’t settle for less than wonderful.
  21. Never compromise your values.
  22. A smile can make a difference.
  23. Lead by example.
  24. Stand out from the crowd.
  25. Make a plan to make it happen.
  26. You are not your past.
  27. Trying to re-create a magic moment NEVER works.
  28. Keep your expectations of others to a minimum.
  29. Don’t judge a book by its cover.  Read it.
  30. Don’t underestimate yourself.
  31. Always offer a hand.
  32. Don’t limit your vision.
  33. Expect miracles.
  34. Have fun.
  35. No regrets.

So I’ve been racking my ever lovin’ brain trying to think of stories that I like for some of these messages that resonate with me.  Getting more and more panicky as the day draws nearer.

You might take note that it is 12 freakin’ fourty-two in the morning and I am supposed to be in BED.  But as you also know my poor little brain has trained itself to have all of its good ideas after the bats fly. 

(This is a serious conundrum.  I need to be getting to my regular bedtime of 11:30 if my mind is to remain in good health as PMS approaches.)

Nevertheless, here I am, very very VERY TIRED but I have a speech here folks.  And I like it.  It makes me laugh and it choked me up too.  It’s got suspense, drama and relatability and a message that everyone can use.  It’s just 150 words too long.