Athena learned today that she’s going to the state finals for Power of the Pen, a statewide writing competition open to Ohio’s 7th and 8th graders (she’s one of the latter). In May, she and a bunch of other kids will go to College of Wooster and write on subjects like “You have just received shocking news. Write about it” while being timed. The winner gets a college scholarship, which is groovy. For me, however, I’m just pleased my kid is being recognized for being able to craft words well. Makes me proud. Not surprised, I should note. But proud.