Meet Anna. At just 12 years old, she is the youngest of my three siblings. Adding to her long list of accomplishments, she was just elected to be the eight grade class president. Congrats to Anna! And congrats to the eithgrade class that elected her; they're in great hands.
There's lots of reasons to love Anna - her sense of humor, her kindness, her quick wit, her joyful nature - but my favorite thing about Anna is her unpretentious confidence. It might be because I spent essentially my entire adolescence in a state of self-loathing, but I just love that she seems so happy in her own skin and confident in her likability without a trace of arrogance or smugness. She is kind, thoughtful, funny, and exactly herself all the time and never stops to consider what anyone might think of her. She just likes herself and assumes everyone else will, too. And apparently, they do. Congrats Anna. I continue to be inspired by you and I love you very much. You'll make a fantastic class president.
Always thoughtful, I got an email from Anna yesterday wishing me a Happy Easter. Her signature line included this phrase:
"love, anna (or anna spelled backward - take your pick.)"
Don't you just love her?!