About Katie’s Picture
My niece Samantha is the definition of defiant. For a long time the only way her parents could get her to do anything was to tell her not to do it. Samantha don’t eat those vegetables, don’t smile for this picture, don’t stay on the porch… till she caught on. For her 5th birthday she wanted to ride a horse, a motorcycle, and shoot a gun. She wears her brothers clothes and often times goggles. She likes the Nazis in The Sound Of Music and carries a little water gun around in her waist belt saying “Lieutenant!” reenacting the part when Rolf tells on the Von Trapps for running away. She fast forwards the parts with nuns. She’s obviously pretty tough for a 5 year old. My other niece Tori and I decided to try and take her along with us on a 5 mile hike to the summit of Mount Majestic. Apparently she’s a whiney hiker so her parents almost said no thinking we’d have to carry her, but I think overhearing the argument that she wouldn’t make it gave her the defiant gumption to hike to the summit with no help at all. That’s just what she did. The only coaxing she needed was me occasionally saying, “Wow look at you hike and no one thought you could, they’ll never believe you made it to the top. You proved them wrong!” She picked up the pace everytime and never complained.
About Sadie’s Picture
I have a habit of being pretty rebellious, right from the start. I always fought tooth a nail with my parents because I knew what I wanted and how I wanted to get it done. I’ve also had a hard time at work because I tend to always want to second guess my boss and do things my way. I don’t always want to do things the way everyone expects, or decides is best. I think this has made me a stronger person though and find I can cope with unexpected situations and find solutions to problems that come up, rather then expecting someone to give me the answer. The day I found these flowers was particularly frustrating in the work realm. I was asked to take a load that was already late and drive it 350 miles as fast as I could legally do so. I was told that someone was waiting for me to get it there. I hurried and made it two hours sooner then anyone expected I would. It had been a long day before I even started that trip and when I got to the warehouse no one was there. I screamed, in my head, and was determined to find the someone that was supposed to be there. I walked around the warehouse knocking on doors to no avail. Around the back I saw this pretty plant and had an “awwww” moment. In the back of a warehouse, growing out of the pavement next to a fence and refrigeration equipment was this pretty little plant. Somehow it made my day worth it. Despite all that it had to defy this plant was determined to thrive, and from the looks of it, was succeeding. So I just took a deep breath and went and found a place to park and sleep for the night and thought to myself, “what doesn’t kill me, just makes me stronger, just chill out and tomorrow this will get fixed” and it did.