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Responsibilities of a Seven-Year-Old
by Hannah Weatherd
Speech delivered at the Parents of Blind Children Seminar at the 2000 National Federation of the Blind Convention.
My name is Hannah Weatherd. I am seven-years-old. I'm from Lima, Montana. I'm in first grade at school. Lima School is kind of small. First and second grade have to be in a room. Third and fourth are in a room. Fifth and sixth are in a room.
My jobs at school are line leader, pledge leader, and helper. The helperís job is to pass out papers and take the milk slip to the office, if we have afternoon milk. Our teacher, Mrs. Schroder, needs someone to water the plants. I was supposed to do that one day but I forgot.
There has to be somebody to put the trash in the big trash can and put a new liner in it. They need a first-grader and second-grader to put the forks, spoons, knives, and milk on the table for lunch. We need a librarian to straighten out the books so they won't be crooked when Mrs. Kluepner is being the helper. I really like four of the jobs the best. I like line leader, emptying the garbage, and I like to be the librarian.
At home I empty the kitchen trash. Sometimes I set the table and in the morning I make my bed. I feed our chickens, too. I clean my room. I find money in the washer, and Mom says whoever finds money in the washer gets to keep it. I pick my clothes out every day except Sunday.
I paid for my little brotherís airplane ticket to the NFB convention. I had enough money because I was on a McDonald's commercial, and I wanted him to come this year. I wanted him to come because he has never been on an airplane before except when he was a baby and he canít remember it.
I havenít decided what I want to be when I grow up. I think I really want to be a postmaster the most.
The End. Thank you.
Hannah wrote her own speech and delivered it from her Braille notes. Her father, Brad, is on the board of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Her mother, Jill, has written several articles for Future Reflections.