MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - 14-year-old Caleb Lloyd is a seventh grader at Midland I.S.D. He has been getting statewide attention after he won third place in the state's 2017's Letters about Literature competition. It's a national reading and writing program that encourages fourth through twelfth graders to write to an author about how their writing has affected their lives.
Caleb wrote about Robert Frost's short poem, A Road Not Taken. He begins to read the letter and it's not hard to figure out why he won.
Click here to listen to Caleb read his letter:
Caleb says, "I just feel like it connected and I could do a letter about it."
He says he wrote the letter in one day. His family knew it was special.
His mom, Erin, says, "There was an afternoon I picked up from my moms, and she was teary-eyed and it was when he finished the letter. She just couldn't compose herself, so I just knew it was going to be incredibly powerful."
Caleb wrote about his adoption process from Taiwan, not realizing the effect of the letter on others.
"No, I wrote it because I felt that is what I was feeling inside.," Says Caleb," I don't know what I was going to get there."
His mom says, "That letter is a direct hit to the journey he took and we took to get here. "
Caleb is a typical Midland I.S.D. student who loves to run track, and now he can add winning letter writer to the list.
Read Caleb's letter here.
Caleb reads more of his letter, "As I read your poem, I relived my feelings of having a choice that was split down two roads. I "Looked down one as far as I could" and tried to envision the family I craved, even with a new country, new language, and a new culture. Yet, I also had a need for what I knew was familiar down the other road."
His experiences are definitely roads taken.
He finishes reading his letter, "As I read your poem, I relived my feelings of having a choice that was split down two roads. I "Looked down one as far as I could" and tried to envision the family I craved, even with a new country, new language, and a new culture. Yet, I also had a need for what I knew was familiar down the other road. Mr. Frost, I wonder if you realized the impact your poem would have on someone like me. It has heightened my memories of a critical choice to take the road less traveled. "And that has made all the difference"
The Lloyd family says they celebrated Caleb's win with his favorite steak dinner.