town in the car. A bunch of people would pile up in a it 100 percent – whether it’s school, work, whatever. car and we would drag town. That was a highlight. Get educated. That’s the key. I walked mostly. I had some buddies when I got on up to high school that had cars and would come get me. Later on, I got an old ’55 Chevrolet. My mom bought it for me. She paid 500 dollars for it. It smoked like tar. That’s actually how I met your grandma – your nana. Young people today got too many gadgets to sit around and play. We were always outside working and moving, doing somethin’. If you had a job, you did it. If you didn’t do your job, you got in trouble. Now, to me, they sit around and play on gadgets, games, comput- ers, and stuff.We didn’t have any of that stuff. You had to use your brain to figure out stuff. Don’t be lazy. Work at stuff. Strive to be the best you can be. You may not have the best talent in the world, but be the best at what you’re good at. Never be satisfied. Always strive to be better than what you are. Work hard. Hard work never hurt nobody. It pays off in the end. That’s my main thing. Whatever it is you do, go at it and go at 52 About the Author: Cooper Welch Hello! My name is Cooper Welch. I am 11 years old and I am a sixth grade student at Rabun County Elementary School. When I grow up, I want to play in the NBA (National Basketball Association). I can achieve this goal by striving to be the best and always working the hardest. After I go to the NBA, I want to create a Christian training camp for kids that want to play sports. At the camp, we will also learn about God while training. I do not know what else I want to do in my lifetime, but I will trust God, because I know He has a plan for me.