Dear Editor: Dr. Seuss said, “Be who you are and say what you feel; because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Another helpful quote is, “An honest answer is a sign of true friendship.” (Proverbs 24:26)

When we live this in our everyday life we learn to be ourselves and not go along with the wrong crowd who bully, shame and hurt others just to be accepted. Friendships have the power to help kids and other people to be strong. If you’re a kid without siblings, and your parents are sometimes too busy, good friendships are very important, because you can talk to your friends, they want to listen to you when you have a problem and want to laugh with you, and not at you.

When I first joined the Boy Scouts of America, there were some tasks that were difficult for me and became even more difficult as I went up the ranks. For example: learning to tie complex knots and lashing, compass readings in different terrain, my backpack got heavier (though I didn’t). I helped dig a drainage ditch in Red Rock Canyon for the water to bypass a road.

My Grandpa always told me, “Never give up, work hard, do your best, and keep a smile on your face.” Because I respect my grandpa I followed his motto; then the tasks got easier.

I’m proud of what I have accomplished. When new Scouts come into our troop I try my best to lead by example. We all help each other so the tasks/requirements won’t be too difficult. Our friendships are important.

Caleb J. Gomez




Published: Feb. 12, 2015 - Volume 13 - Issue 44