Thursday, May 24, 2007

Advice to a eleven year old

One of my cousins has an eleven year old girl who is graduating from elementary school this week. My cousin sent out an email to family and friends asking for advice for her daughter. I thought a bit and wrote this:

"One of the pieces of advice I gave my younger brother when he was about your age was to consciously choose his friends. In my early years it never occurred to me that I should actively seek out good people. And likewise to avoid people who would drag me into places I didn't want to go.

"You can look around as you meet new people, reach out to many of them, sift through and hold tight to those who would encourage you to be a better person. Do this and you will greatly benefit. True good friends, friends who are good for you, will help you do to well in school, to be honest, to work hard, and to stay out of trouble."

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Unknown said...

Henry, That's great advice...for any age :)

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

I would also add to remember to be a good friend to others.

Nice advice Henry, I am going to pass it along to my kids.

Henry Cate said...

Thanks to both of you for the kind words.

Alasandra, you make a good point. Thanks.