Wrong Feet First : A Gift of Stories for Your Inside-Out Kind of Day

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9780970260116: Wrong Feet First : A Gift of Stories for Your Inside-Out Kind of Day

As a single mother of six children, five of whom are adopted, ArtŠ D. Banks began this collection of true stories as "lovegifts"-letters filled with words of encourgement and strength for her loved ones. Based on everyday experiences and the life lessons learned from them, these tender and thoughtful vignettes focus on issues centering on family life, adoption, facing fear, and reaching out to others. Short enough to be read just before bedtime or while waiting for the kettle to whistle, this personal collection encourages appreciation of the important things in life-family, friends, and health.

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ArtŠ D. Banks served on President Clinton's nonpartisan Adoption 2002 panel and is a board member for Angels Unaware, a support group for families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. She lives in Aurora, Colorado.

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"My maternal grandparents had twelve children. One can only imagine how lively that household must have been. The following is a true story that happened when my uncle was a little boy. Uncle A.D. was going out to play. My grandmother (who we called "Madear") looked at him and said, 'Your shoes are on the wrong feet.' He replied, 'But, these are the only feet I've got.'

A funny yet provocative statement that reminds me we need to use what we have. Sometimes it is easy to say or think that we can't do something because we are not smart enough, talented enough, rich enough, or pretty enough. Instead of thinking about what we don't have, we need to focus on what talents (feet) we do have."

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