Letter from the Editor: What makes a kid amazing? | August 2012

What makes a kid amazing? Ask any parent, and the stories will quickly start to flow about all of the amazing things his or her child has done or said or endured.

What makes a kid amazing? Ask any parent, and the stories will quickly start to flow about all of the amazing things his or her child has done or said or endured.

Every parent I know has the most amazing kid.

As a mother to three kids — now ages 10, 8 and almost 6 — it’s true that I am amazed by them each and every day.

For starters, I’m amazed they are that old already — and that my baby is getting ready to start kindergarten this year. I’m amazed by the things that my 8-year-old can dream up and create out of LEGOs (he gets that from his dad). I’m amazed at what a voracious reader my 10-year-old has become. I’m amazed at how kind and giving they can be and that every now and again — when they think I’m not looking — I catch them being nice to each other.

There are so many things to be amazed by, from these kinds of everyday amusements to the amazing resiliency that only kids seem to have mastered.

So when we decided to feature “amazing kids” in this issue, we quickly realized how tough it was going to be to narrow down which kids we would feature. How could we choose? It wasn’t a contest — we certainly didn’t want to judge one child as more amazing than another.

But as a magazine that features the best things about Stark County, we would be remiss if we didn’t spotlight our kids — our future.

The person who instantly came to my mind for this feature is the beautiful little girl on our cover, Danica Snyder. I met Danica and her family a few years ago through a nonprofit board that I am involved with, the Foundation for Community Betterment.

Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe Danica and the unbelievable medical journey she and her family have been on through the last few years. Through it all, Danica was always quick with a smile and her signature thumbs-up signal to let everyone know she was OK. Truly an amazing kid.

We chose eight kids total to feature — each one unique and amazing in a different way. Make sure to learn about Danica, Caleb, Andrew, Jared, Sydney, Keegan, Malia and Natalie. My guess is that you won’t be able to help but smile as you get a glimpse into their world and see what makes them amazing.

I can’t wait to see what’s next for each of them. I bet it’ll be amazing.

Best,
Darla A. Brown