Doing the Most

It wasn’t until Emma Shibley’s senior year of high school that her mother seriously questioned her extracurricular involvement. One afternoon that fall, Emma arrived home from school with an announcement. “Hey, Mom, guess what?” Susan Shibley knew how that conversation would end. Mother and daughter had been there before, when Emma had joined the school band, the marching band, choir and ensemble, and again when she had gotten the leading role in the school musical. Before that, there had been Girl Scouts, volleyball, cross-country and track, spelling bees, a competitive writing team and summer swimming and diving teams. Emma...

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