Monday, May 27, 2024

How about a little good news today?

When I get out of bed in the morning, usually around four A.M. because I can never go back to sleep after that time, I do my Wordle and my two variants of Waffle; I often win the easy Waffle, but seldom win the harder ones that have more letters and words… longer words.  It isn’t so much that I’m stupid as it is that I just don’t take the time thinking about it.  Of course, that’s just another way to be stupid, because why even play the game if you’re going to be lazy about it.  

But when my games are done, I go straight to CNN because in today’s world, one never knows what might have happened while she slept:  Has either Putin or Kim Jong Un decided to bomb some part of my country overnight?  Has either our aging president or the guy that wants to take his place been killed by a gunshot?  Has Gaza become just one big hole in the ground, a burial place for Ishmael’s children?  Even Mother Nature can’t be trusted, because tornadoes are becoming more frequent, and harsher than ever.

But this morning I found good news, and it’s in my neck of the woods: 



Kids can now eat without breaking the piggy bank – at least, at Thomas Ultican Elementary School – thanks to fifth grader Daken Kramer.

Daken paid off the entire meal debt and then some, for his elementary school in Blue Springs, Missouri, after turning in a check for more than $7,300. Daken’s original goal was $3,500, which was just over the total of the school’s debt, according to Daken’s mother, Vanessa Kramer. The remaining amount was given to Blue Springs High School, another school in the district.

“Children in elementary school should not have debt tied to their name. We have found out that there are high schools that keep seniors from attending prom or walking at graduation if they have stuff like student lunch debt,” Kramer said. “Some families can’t help it. They can’t pay it off.”

Sometimes you have to dig deeply to find the good, but I’m thinking maybe this boy will grow up to be president… if our country lasts that long.


  1. Anonymous5:55 AM

    That is awesome! I am always reassured by stories like this. There is yet hope for the future as long as there are compassionate youth in the world today. Rebecca in SW MO.

  2. What a great kid! Kudos to his parents for raising such a good person. I had to take my lunch, we just cold afford the school lunch fees. It is embarrassing enough to bring home lunches, but to have a debt attached to your name in elementary school is just so wrong!

  3. What a great example of kindness and generosity! Many adults should take note. I think one of our Seattle Seahawks did the same thing, but it doesn't mean as much since the players make so much money that they could easily do much more.

  4. Daken is fantastic!! I my daughter teaches at Hickman Mills which is not far from Blue Springs (LOL!) No child there has food debt because the school district provides breakfast, lunch and snacks for ALL the children !! This should be true of all schools!!


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