First Grader With No Hands Wins Penmanship Award (VIDEO)

Annie ClarkThink you're having a bad day? Go ahead. Whine about it. Or take a page out of the book of 7-year-old Annie Clark. The first grader was born without hands, but she just won an award for her fabulous handwriting.

Yes, you read that right. While you've been moaning about how your 6-year-old didn't bother to clean the toothpaste out of the sink this morning, Annie Clark has been kicking penmanship booty with her forearms!


If there was ever a time to trot out the overused Charlie Sheen reference, it's now. Annie Clark didn't just win her category in the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. She's winning at life. This little girl wedges a pencil between her forearms and gets it done!

And I don't know about you, but I'm bookmarking her story to remind me that moaning and complaining doesn't get you anywhere in life ... and doing it in front of our kids is one of the worst things we can do.

But we're all guilty of it, aren't we? How many times do you sit in the school drop-off line on a Monday morning and hear Moms moaning about another bad week? Or sat on the sidelines during t-ball practice, where the parents all throw themselves a pity party, whining about what's gone down in the past week, what teacher is a pain in the butt, what their child has done wrong, what their boss has made impossible?

Hello! Little pitchers and their big ears are right there! Is it any wonder we send the kid into the playroom to start cleaning, and the response is along the lines of, "OMG, I can't do all that. My life is so horrrrrrrrible!"?

I'm not going to say a positive attitude can fix everything, but Annie Clark is a 7-year-old with no hands. And she doesn't just have world class penmanship. She can paint her own toenails because she didn't take "no" for an answer.

Check out Annie in action -- doesn't she make your heart sing?

If she can do that, what amazing things can your kids do?

Image via Trib Live

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