Nat's homework tonight consisted of writing a letter to someone who has shown moral courage. She asked for suggestions and I gave her a few, including Kobe Bryant, which was a joke. She didn't laugh.
She didn't use any of my suggestions and instead did a little reading and went with her own idea. Below, her letter to George Bush, without commentary, which I am sure will be supplied by all the wrong people.
Dear President Bush,
My name is Natalie XXXX and I am a thirteen year old girl writing to you, admiring your bravery.
I donít normally read the newspaper but while searching for current events, I noticed an article which said something about you and Prime Minister Tony Blair standing up for what you believe in. I highly appreciate people that stand up for themselves so I decided to read it. I found myself respecting your moral courage as well as Mr. Blairís.
It takes courage to stand alone and many know that, and sadly many donít as well. You prove your courage in a risky way. Both you and Mr. Blair stand together to free the Iraqi people and wont rest until the job is done no matter how many people turn you down or think wrong or differently of the idea. This can cost you the next election but as a good president, that doesnít stop you. That is why I think it shouldnít. People should learn how to value the fact that it isnít the easiest thing to stand up for what you believe in, especially if thousands or millions of people are disagreeing. Once again I highly respect and appreciate your courage. If all people in America would have the same type of character as you, Mr. President, America would be even more welcoming than it is now.
Thanks again to you and Mr. Blair.
Thankfully and respectfully,