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Grandma's Report Card

By Meladee McCarty

"Every generation passes on a lasting memory that sticks with pride and admiration. What will your legacy be?" --Theodore N. Greenough

Subject: Reading
Comments: Grandma's been reading to me for as long as I can remember. I have always loved sitting on her lap as she reads stories to me. And sometimes she stops and tells me one of her own stories. I like that a lot. Grade: A

Subject: History
Comments: Excellent at recounting family history and can be counted on for fascinating and embarrassing stories about mom and dad. Grade: A

Subject: Writing Skills
Comments: Grandma writes me letters and notes. She always says she loves me in them. I get cards from her on my birthday and on holidays. And she encourages me to write, too. She pressures me to write my thank you notes and, even if I hate to write 'em, I've learned how important that can be. Grade: A

Subject: Math Skills
Comments: Grandma knows when things 'just don't add up' and is not afraid to tell me. She also knows how to save and is still able to contribute to my education. Grade: A

Subject: Social Studies
Comments: Understands that 'what goes around, comes around'. Does many acts of kindness, every day, for relatives and friends, for neighbors and even for strangers. Contributes to charity because she knows it's the right thing to do. She involves all us grandkids in doing these acts of kindness because she knows we've got to learn this, too. Grade: A

Subject: P.E.
Comments: Plays well with others. Exercises, walks, rides her bike, goes on hikes, taking a kick-boxing class, pushes loaded shopping carts through miles of aisles. Owns a rocking chair but is too darn busy to use it. Even though sometimes she complains about aches and pains, she's out there, moving and doing, every day. Grade: A

Subject: Home Economics
Comments: Grandma really knows how to cook! She knows my favorite foods and has them ready when she knows I'm coming to visit. Grade: A

Subject: Attendance
Comments: She shows up. She's there for every event that's important to me. I know that she'll be there, on the sidelines, cheering for me. She listens to me really well. Grade: A

Subject: Personal Qualities
Comments: Grandma is just FUN! She seems to be always ready to play, just a little bit. When everyone else seems so serious, she'll give me a look with a twinkle in her eye and I know that we're on the same wavelength. She can be very serious, but she doesn't take herself seriously. She's my bud. Grade: A

General Comments: Grandma passes with flying colors. I'm looking forward to being with her for a very, very long time.

Meladee McCarty

Write Meladee and let her know your thoughts on her story!

Meladee is a professional educator and dynamic speaker in the field of special education and a Program Specialist for the Sacramento County Office of Education. She works to provide inclusional education settings for children with disabilities and trains educators in a number of areas. They are the proud parents to McAllister Dodds, Stephanie Dodds, Ethan McCarty, Shayna Hinds, and their granddaughter, Rand Avery Hinds. Of all the many opportunities she has had in her life, being the mother and wife and grandma of such a loving family is her most cherished role. They have written five books together: Acts of Kindness: How to Make a Gentle Difference, A Year of Kindness: 365 Ways to Spread Sunshine, The Daily Journal of Kindness and their NY Times #1 Bestseller, A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Chicken Soup for the Grandparent's Soul. Be sure to visit their web site at:

Here you can find information on the Grandparent's book and a number of neat links just for grandparents! Be sure to take some time to visit!

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To contact Meladee for more information about her programs: The Kindness Revolution P.O. Box 5 Galt, CA 95632-0066 Phone: (209) 745-7152 fax: (209) 745-2252 To order autographed copies of Meladee's books, call 1-800-KINDNESS


Thought For The Day:

"I will study and prepare myself and then someday my chance will come." --Abraham Lincoln

Verse for the Day:

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

Kid's Thought For The Day:

"If you don't run you won't trip, but you may never get there."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"Do you know why you want your children to do well in their studies?
Because you have no clue what is going on when you try and help them with their homework!"

Coach's Thought For The Day

"It's easy to be a smart player. Just think of something stupid and do just the opposite."

Writer's Thought For The Day:

"The reader has certain rights. He bought your story. Think of this as an implicit contract. He's entitled to be entertained, instructed, amused; maybe all three. If he quits in the middle, or puts the book down feeling his time has been wasted, you're in violation."--Larry Niven

Deep Thought For The Day:

"For centuries, people thought the moon was made of green cheese. Then the astronauts found that the moon is really a big hard rock. Well, that's what happens to cheese when you leave it out."



"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20

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