Hope, true hope, can be so elusive. The most fortunate among us are able to find it and hold tight, especially during life's inevitable moments of despair. For some of us, hope is fleeting, slipping through our fingers much too fast. For others, hope lingers and sustains us as we muddle through life's challenges. In her book Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver wrote “The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” Thirteen-year-old William Istok has learned the meaning of hope at a remarkably young age.
William Istok will be entering the eighth grade at the Gordon School in East Providence, RI. He lives with his family in Cranston, RI.