Ashton participated in a poem reading at the local library. This was part of poetry month and all the elementry schools were participating, competing for one of two stuffed tigers that would be awarded to the school with the most participation.
To participate you had to submit a poem to the library. You optionally had a chance to read your poem at the final event at the end of the month. Judy and Ashton decided she should participate and mom was blown away by the result.
When we got to the library for the reading and she saw the room her first reaction was to say she didn't want to participate after all. We gave it a few minutes while other kids lined up and then she changed her mind and did an outstanding job (according to her totally unbiased mom).
While she was a little nervous she was clear and articulate in her delivery (a challenge for most of the kids) and she was very proud of herself as a result.
Flowers spread their pollen
To all the trees and plants
Making them all do the spring flower dance
although it gives you sneezes
and other symptoms too
it will never break flower power
because that's where natures true
To top it off her school won first prize on participation and as a result the lion is now part of the school library.