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N: Not Perfect

O: Opinions of mine aren’t always right but I don’t care as long as I am having fun

T: To be Not Perfect means that I can’t do everything

P: Perfectly NOT perfect

E: Even if I get a great score at gymnastics it is still not perfect

R: Really great times aren’t even perfect

F: Fun times means not being perfect but you still get excited

E: Even sometimes I get things wrong

C: Cause I’m not perfect makes me happy

T: The Not Perfect Hat Club is something to show people you can’t be perfect

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In school we started talking about the Not Perfect Hat Club. The Not Perfect Hat Club helps show kids that even though they aren’t perfect, they can still do awesome things. We all have different things that we are good at and different passions. You can only be perfect at being yourself. That’s what makes us perfectly not perfect.

My mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I said either something that has to do with designing or animals or art, because they are my passions, and mom thought we could find a way to put them all together. That’s how we started making dog clothes for shelter dogs. I wanted to pick shelter and rescue dogs because they don’t have owners or families to take care of them yet. Shelter dogs have to be shaved sometimes because they can be dirty or their fur is ruined and they will need to keep warm. The problem is, neither of us knows how to make dog clothes. But the dogs don’t care if the clothes are perfect, they just want to be warm.

For Christmas I got a sewing machine from my grandma and my other grandma taught me how to use it. We made a practice shirt for our dog Opie. Opie is a rescue dog. We made the shirt out of my brother’s old onesie. We are collecting more onesies to keep making clothes.

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One day when my mom and I were home alone we made more clothes. They are not perfect. It took a lot of tries to make them, but we did it. The sewing machine kept eating the shirts and making holes. We kept getting fabric and thread stuck in the sewing machine. We had to re-thread the sewing machine, so we used YouTube to tell us how to fix the bobbin. We just have to keep learning. The shirts are not perfect. We tried the orange one on Opie, and told him, “Sorry for the lace on it!” We added the lace to the shirt to make it look pretty and to cover a hole. We’re going to keep working on our designs.

My favorite quote I found on the internet says, “Don’t judge me. I was born to be awesome, not perfect.” Even though I am not perfect I can still do awesome work and help animals who need someone to love them. Being able to make something for the animals makes me feel helpful. Everyone should find a way to use their passions to keep learning, keep trying, and keep helping others.


About Rylee
Rylee is in third grade. She loves animals, sewing, gymnastics and helping others. To read more about Rylee’s perfectly Not Perfect world, visit: http://ryleebrianne.blogspot.com/


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