Real Life is Stranger than fiction

Recent photo  of Matt and his Dog Dargo
Recent photo of Matt and his Dog Dargo

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In 2007, my son, Stephen, raised around $5,500, for Push America, an organization that exists to improve lives of those with disabilities, in an event called Journey of Hope.  He bicycled as part of a 30 man team from San Francisco, CA to Washington, DC.  It was a 63 day journey stopping daily to volunteer and interact with people with disabilities.

Megan Alman  of the Newnan Times did a series of articles highlighting his journey. It was all very exciting. Dennis and I were sooooo proud.

Well, Sunday, ( Feb 27,2011) I get the paper out of the box and see my nephew, Matt Brown on the cover in a story by Alex McCrae. It isn’t the first time he’s been in the paper. He has Muscular Dystrophy and the paper has featured him before.   But this time as I read the article I had so many emotions.  First of all, I have always had a special place in my heart for Matt. He has such an amazing spirit. I cannot imagine having his limitations, yet having such an optimistic outlook on life!   Butas I walked the long gravel driveway back to my house….I was hit with a wave of melancholy. The very thing he credits his optimistic outlook, his faith or religion, Jehovah’s Witnesses….. is the very thing that has kept me out of his life!

But I have no regrets for leaving the witnesses….. as you can see. I think my son turned out just fine without them. However, there are so many similarities in these first cousins,  Stephen and Matt,  including their optimism. It is such a shame the two have never gotten to know one another!

The writers of the stories are oblivious to all of this.  Will they ever  know how  these stories connect?

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