The Tale of a Little Nine Year Old Girl Who Deserves to be Remembered

One of the blogs I follow is Aging Capriciously by Dr. John Persico. John is first and foremost a humanitarian, but is also many other things including an educator and a business consultant. He sees with clearer eyes than many today. His post from yesterday brought a tear to my eyes and … I just had to share it. Thank you, John, for all that you do.

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Here is a story that I heard on NPR this week.  It is a tale of a remarkable little girl.  A tale that deserves to be retold.  It goes like this.

In a small town (Population 9,027) located in northwestern Essex County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey, about 16 miles (26 km) west of New York City and 6 miles (9.7 km) north-west of Newark, a little White girl aged nine went out to work on a science project and to help her community.  She had learned that spotted lanternflies were a nuisance species and she decided to collect as many as she could and use them in a science exhibit to educate others about them.  Until this week, the most noteworthy thing about Caldwell was that it was the birthplace of Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.  He was the only…

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26 thoughts on “The Tale of a Little Nine Year Old Girl Who Deserves to be Remembered

  1. That is quite terrifying how a grown person would feel about a young little girl. What a world we live in. Glad that she’s ok and got recognized by Yale for her work!

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  2. people like Gordon make me so angry, saying that he was scared of a little 9-year-old girl on his call to the police. What a jerk. People need to stop calling the cops for the dumbest of things. gordon is an idiot.

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  4. A sad and yet joyful tale. I do even understand that man’s reaction, although I don’t think he is right. For so many years and decades, a wrongful and humiliating attitude was ‘de rigour ‘ and these ppl haven’t learned that the world has changed. I remember when a young kid myself, we had some immigrant children in our classes. Not ‘even’ black or yellow ones. Just ‘other than we’, with strange names such as Aurelio, Germaine…. and we took our time to let them play with us. Or black wild curls… heaven! What happened here?
    That was good old Switzerland in the late 50th – and I still know ppl NOW who try to blame everything bad on the ‘immigrants’. Sounds v. American, doesn’t it?
    I wish that beautiful girl a great future. We desperately need more like her. A tear here too…. in a good way (and back to barking/hacking cough for me!)

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    • People seem, by nature, to reject change, to reject that which is ‘different’ from them. I don’t understand it, for I have never been a part of a “herd” or felt in any way superior to others, but more and more I see the fear people have of those who do not look, act, and think exactly as they do. The world cannot survive unless we all realize that we are all part of the same world, all on this globe together, all have the same hopes and dreams, regardless of the colour of our skin, our religion, our gender … we are all humans. I just wish everybody would start acting like it!!! Sigh.

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