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A lesson learned

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By James Roberts

What was I doing at 8 years old? As I recall, I was likely blowing up G.I. Joes with firecrackers and bottle rockets. Please don't tell my mom.

There were also trees to climb, grapevines to swing on and many, many bike rides - usually a little too far beyond the point where my mom told me I could go.

And those were typical summers during the long-gone days of my youth.

Not once did my self-centered brain stop and think about how I might help someone.

But right here in Campbellsville, we have an 8-year-old who's doing just that.

If you read Monday's front page, you know that Cee Cee Creech is knitting elephants for children affected by the massive tornado in Joplin, Mo.

It's simply something she was moved to do.

I've been at this job for nearly a dozen years now. Along the way, I've met and written about numerous selfless people who have gone above and beyond to help those in need. Taylor County has no shortage of good people.

And as one might imagine, it takes a lot to touch someone who has written dozens of these stories. I'm not downplaying the great deeds done by Taylor Countians in the past. I'm just saying that, after a while, you stop being amazed each time. Eventually, I realized that is how folks around here are.

But, it took an 8-year-old to bring back that sense of amazement.

As I was driving to the Creech home, I started flashing back to my own childhood. I was trying to think of any selfless acts I may have committed as a child.

Besides the aforementioned mischief, my mind was blank. Well, there was that time I purposely burned my hand on a light bulb, somehow thinking it would calm my crying cousin. It worked. However, it doesn't really count as a good deed. Just moments before, I'd whacked him on the head with a stick, which is why he was crying in the first place.

But I didn't write this to confess what a bad kid I was. I wrote it to point out what a good kid Cee Cee is. I'm not alone. More than 3,000 people have "Liked" her Facebook page - Elephants Remember Joplin.

Her mother, BeLinda, tells me people are talking about Cee Cee in Joplin. On her page, they are posting positive messages about her efforts.

Seeing her story on the front page of the Central Kentucky News-Journal Monday was exciting for Cee Cee, but, when her mother asked her if she wanted to be famous, Cee Cee replied, "No. I just want people to help each other."

People of all ages should follow Cee Cee's example. The world would be a better place if we did.