From the Editor
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, making readers cry isn’t one of my goals, but we have a few stories with teachable moments that could have you reaching for a tissue or two. On page 46, Molly Balint recalls her daughter Elizabeth’s first show at the county fair. Elizabeth raised a gorgeous ewe lamb named Nora as her 4-H project. By the end of the show, Elizabeth had to grow up a little faster than most kids her age. Then it’s a grown-up’s turn to learn a valuable life lesson on page 62. Jesse Neve writes about trying to clean out the garage with help from her father, who was battling Alzheimer’s disease. Here, the child becomes the caregiver and patience is indeed a necessary virtue. Putting together this issue reminded me of something I learned early on—the importance of owning up to a mistake, even one made by accident. In the June/July issue, you may have noticed that the flag wasn’t on the back cover. Several eagle-eyed readers reached out to let us know (though we did manage to get about 20 flags into the issue). The omission wasn’t intentional. If you turn to the back cover, you’ll once again see the flag with the words “God Bless America.” I love hearing from readers. Keep sending your letters—you may see yours published on our new mailbox page, which will debut in the October/November issue.