‘Where’s Wanda’

You have just until Friday night to enter Wilton’s “Where’s Wanda?” contest, part of the town’s efforts to launch its new website at www.wiltonnh.gov. The contest looks like fun, but what we find most interesting is the biography of Wanda’s creator, Grace Kller, a 13-year-old eighth-grade student at Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative Middle School.

Grace was featured in a story about her creation of the character of Wanda and her dog Winnie, both of whom can be found secreted in pictures of Wilton on the website.

What grabbed us about Grace was, of course, her various artistic interests, from drawing to singing, to acting at Andy’s Summer Playhouse, to playing of at least two instruments — the guitar and saxophone, the latter of which proved her adaptability and also how something you don’t think you want ends up being something you love.

Grace wanted to play clarinet in the school’s honor band but, as she said, the band already had too many clarinetists, so she got a sax. The result: “I really like the saxophone,” she told our Jessie Salisbury.

As Mick Jagger once pointed out: “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what

you need.”

Now maybe Grace doesn’t really “need” the saxophone, but the fact that she didn’t get what she wanted, yet made the best of things should be a lesson to all of us.

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