File Under “So What’s Your Excuse?”: Girl Without Hands Wins Penmanship Award

April 26th, 2012 | 4 comments | Posted by Jen

When you find yourself dwelling on who or what is holding you back in life, think of 7 year-old Annie Clark, a first-grader who recently won a penmanship award established for children with either a “cognitive delay or intellectual, physical or development disability.” Annie, a Chinese adoptee, was born without hands.

Annie’s father, Tom Clark, described his daughter’s other abilities to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“Annie has always been very, very determined, very self-sufficient in dressing herself and feeding herself,” Mr. Clark said. “She can ride a bike. She swims. She is just determined that there’s nothing she can’t do.”

Her father said she also types on a keyboard and uses an iPod Touch with no difficulties.

Man, do I feel like a lazy jerk right about now.

[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: First-grader without hands wins penmanship award]

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4 Responses to “File Under “So What’s Your Excuse?”: Girl Without Hands Wins Penmanship Award”

  1. AsiansWearFur says:

    There’s a terrific tear-jerker of a movie based on real-life story about a young girl in China who lost both arms in a freak accident, and yet she overcame all odds to live like any other normal human being, BUT SHE WENT FURTHER! The armless girl, played by an actual armless young female actress name Lei Qingyao, practiced swimming like mad, and made it into the Para-Olympic team for China… how did they find this amazing armless child-actress?!?!? She uses her feet like we use our hands in so many mind blowing demonstrations in the movie!

    The movie, called INVISIBLE WINGS 隐形的翅膀 was directed by Feng Zhenzhi. It’s a masterpiece! Feng Zhenzhi info: http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/telugu/article/34788.html

  2. CeciWang says:

    What a resilient and wonderful child! The story touched my heart deeply. Thank you for such a inspirational posting.

  3. [...] File Under “So What’s Your Excuse?”: Girl Without Hands Wins Penmanship Award [...]

  4. Natalie Kim says:

    This is awesome. THERE IS NO EXCUSE. Lurve you guys, thanks for this.

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