“You have nice handwriting,”

The teacher said this morning.

I could feel myself sit taller

Without a bit of warning.

“You make my job much easier

When you follow every rule.”

I smiled at this nice compliment

From the principal of my school.

“I wish that I could sing like you,”

Whispered someone standing near.

I started feeling confident

And forgot about my fear.

We played a game of basketball.

Coach said, “You’re doing better.”

Knowing that made me feel good;

Now I’m a real go-getter.

I felt so happy after school,

With my head and shoulders high.

I smiled and waved at everyone

Who happened to pass by.

Illustration by Matt Smith