Hi! My name is Madeline Dickson and I live in the Dallas, Texas area. I am the oldest of 4 children in my family. Our order is me, 11 yrs old; my brother, Nathan, 9 yrs old; my sister, Caroline, 7 yrs old; and last but not least, my baby brother Parker, almost 2 yrs. old.
I have done amazing things and have gone to beautiful places. For example, I have seen the fireworks show this 4th of July at Washington D.C., gone to Lava Hot Springs in Idaho, and I have been at Arches National Park in Utah. I have all my family either living in Pennsylvania, Idaho, or Alaska, about the farthest they can get from us! I’m very close to my cousins, especially (dad’s side) Destiny, Halle, Ally, (mom’s side) Gillian, and Marcie. They are my best friends and I really enjoy spending time with them.
I am a Mormon, but I love to study other religions and cultures! They are very neat and I respect the people of them. One of my favorites is the Mexican culture. Where I live, there are tons of Mexican restaurants and places. I’ve grown to like Mexican food more than any other food! I went to Cancun when I was younger, and it was amazing. The thing I remember the most is looking out of our hotel room and seeing the beautiful beach and sunset.
When I’m older, I hope to be an author. Right now, I am working on my first book. It’s about a girl who is pulled from her family and everything she knows and is taken as prisoner for another country. She meets many people and goes on many adventures but has one goal: to get back to her family and to the one she loves. The 3 things I want to do the most in my life: get married in the temple, go to BYU college, and go on a mission, like my dad.
My biggest idol has to be Bethany Hamilton. I have read and seen the movie Soul Surfer about a million times. After her arm was lost to a shark while surfing, she struggles to do everyday things like peeling an orange or tying her shoes. She never asked God: “Why did this have to happen to me?” She asked him, “What do you have planned for me?” At first, she couldn’t surf, but she kept working at it and now she’s a professional surfer! Stories like that just inspire me.
I am being home schooled this year through K-12. It’s an online program. I just got all my textbooks, supplies, and workbooks. I know it’s strange, but when I get all my supplies and clothes for school, I get super excited! No one else seems to do that, so I must be the geek from movies who snorts when he makes a lame sciencey joke that no one gets.
I also like things to be organized. Whenever I see things of different colors, I tend to organize them by color, in order of the rainbow. So whenever I see a box of crayons of markers, I make them all neat and organized. Today I was organizing the things in our kitchen drawers, and I came across knives with different colored handles. So, of course, I organized that.
If you asked me who my favorite elementary teacher was, I’d have to say my challenge teacher, Mrs. Pearlstein. Whenever I had trouble with the weekly challenges, I’d be unhappy. I went over to her desk and said that I couldn’t understand it. She’d give me hints and say that I could do it. The next year we had pre-algebra. I caught on and I was speeding through the worksheets, making perfect hundreds. One day, she said, “Is this the same girl that was so upset she didn’t believe in herself? Is this the same girl that cried because she didn’t know the answers to any of the questions on the weekly challenge? No, it can’t be.” And at the end of the class, we would all say, “Model courtesy, Respect others talents, Challenge yourself.” I never really understood what that meant until I graduated from Elementary school. I’m so grateful that I had Mrs. Pearlstein because she taught me to believe in myself. She taught me that I can do whatever I please if I put my mind to it. And I want to thank her for that.
To help you through things, don’t forget, Model courtesy, Respect other talents, Challenge yourself. (This place rocks!)
I’m very excited about my blog and don’t forget! madelinescorner.com