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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Something We're Thankful For


Sometimes, life teaches you lessons you don't expect.
 "Man plans. God laughs."
 Like being told at 50 that you're not leaving the hospital.
Then being told 2 months later that you're disabled.
Then hearing a few weeks ago that you've beaten the odds and can go out and play.
The Redhead has been cleared medically.
You're looking at a woman who is now in a suit and heels again
as an Account Executive for a major global corporation in the sales division.
Why didn't I listen to my original diagnosis and give up?
 I had a couple of good teachers.
These two guys have autism, and their prognoses were bleak.
 Thom would never speak, bond with me completely, or be potty trained.
 Neither of them would have sufficient social skills.
 Samwow would have difficulty making friends.

We didn't buy a minute of it.
 I never gave up on them, but more importantly, they never gave up on themselves.
And we had a very special evening Tuesday that proves their efforts.
 That blur on center stage is Thom.
He's rushing across stage to light his candle...
 ...to be inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the college honors fraternity.
The boy has a 3.78 GPA.
And I clearly heard him say his pledge.
Disabilities only limit or define you if you allow it.

7 comments:

La Vie Quotidienne said...

congratulations to all of you ~ what a wonderful family.

Bambi said...

awww :3 and YAAAAAY clap clap clappity clap

Michelle L. said...

Hooray Thom! And wow, you have been having some adventures and big changes, eh? You're a suit, my hippie friend? What a trip that is!

Heather Rodman said...

Casa Rodman sends a big CONGRATULATIONS!!! to ALL of you- I love seeing good things happen for good people. :D

Musings from Kim K. said...

Congratulations to you ALL! That's fantastic news about your health and hew job. Continued blessings to your amazing family.

Anonymous said...

Wow!!!!!!!! Way to go family! Thanks for never giving up.

Kay dancingbrushpainting.blogspot.com said...

Nice!! You and your family are an inspiration. Congrats!