"Mayson, remember when you drown in the river?"
"That's what Mayson said"
"You guys could have a fiesta at your wedding"
blah blah blah blah blah.
For the most part, I handle the teasing well. I am aware that I am probably the easiest girl at Timpview to tease. I am also aware that I am the one that my family loves to tease, and my friends too. Something about me is "tease-able."
Okay so I can't swim, I can't talk to boys and I know that I definitely can't stand on my own two feet very well. But you don't all need to treat me like I am 12. I am not your little sister, I am your age. Remember?
"A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone rolled clay balls and left them in the sun to bake. They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man. so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls into the ocean, one at a time, to see how far they could go. He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside he found a precious stone! Excited, the man broke open the few that were left. Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him. He had been throwing clay balls for a long time. He had thrown 50 or 60 clay balls into the ocean. Instead of thousands of dollars, he could have had tens of thousands of dollars, but he had thrown it all away"
At times we are the man exploring. We look at people with less than they are worth and indeed, we are missing out. Sometimes we are the clay balls. Being chucked as if we are nothing. There is a treasure in each of us-- to share and to have.
"For my dear friends, the sky is the limit. You can be excellent in every way. Respect yourself. Do not feel sorry for yourself. Do not dwell on unkind things others may say about you. Particularly, pay no attention to what some boy might say to demean you. He is no better than you. In fact, he has already belittled himself by his actions. The Lord did not send you here to fail. He did not give you life to waste it. He bestowed upon you the gift of mortality that you might gain experience, positive, wonderful purpose experience that will lead to life eternal"
--Gordon B. Hinkley
(Let's just say, the prophets know what's up)