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1 Disability + 1 Disability = Love and Possibility

We have a lot in common!

A friend shared this with me and I wanted to share it with you. I have no idea where it came from or who sent it to her. It had a profound effect on me and I think it will have one on you too.

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.  He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.

“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your  puppies.” “Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “These puppies come  from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”

The boy dropped his head for moment.  Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.

I have thirty-nine cents.  Is that enough to take a look?” “Sure,” said the farmer.  And with that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly!” he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.The little boy pressed his face against the chain  link fence.  His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence,the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.

Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid.  Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up…”I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt.  The farmer knelt down at the boy ‘s side and said, “Son, you don ‘t want that puppy.  He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.”With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers.

In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don ‘t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.”

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.”How much?” asked the little boy… “No charge,” answered the farmer, “There ‘s no charge for love.”

The world is full of people who need someone who understands.

What do you think??

Our Hero: Patrick Henry Hughes

At times, we meet people who become our heroes. We don’t necessarily meet in person. We meet via the internet or via the news or through mutual friends. We become friends because we share a belief. Our hero today is Patrick Henry Hughes and I am certain that we share the belief that, If you believe it, you can achieve it!

Patrick was born without eyes and without the ability to straighten his arms and legs. In addition, he has had two steel rods attached to his spine because of scoliosis.  In spite of all of his physical issues, Patrick has overcome the odds with the support of a wonderful family.

He has so much talent, courage, love and desire that his example is a gift to all who are lucky enough to have come in contact with him.  As difficult as it is to believe, Patrick began to play the piano at nine months of age and also sings and plays the piano. Patrick has excelled as a musician, student, performer and public speaker.

If any of you have a disability or if you have a child or a loved one who has a disability, please don’t enable any negative thinking about your or their abilities. Please show your children that you believe in them and all that they can do.

The following quote is from Patrick’s website:

He (Patrick) even participated in the University of Louisville Marching Band for five seasons with help from his father, Patrick John Hughes, who tirelessly maneuvered his wheel chair through the formations with the other 220+ members of the Cardinal Marching Band. Patrick is usually a straight ‘A’ student, having received only 3 ‘B’s’ during his entire primary/secondary educational experience and graduated from U of L magna cum laude.  Patrick is a Spanish language major and speaks Spanish fluently.

A virtuoso pianist, vocalist and trumpet player, Patrick has won or finished very high in numerous competitions, as well as winning awards acknowledging the circumstances he has overcome to achieve these heights.

I suggest that you read Patrick Henry Hughes’ book, I am Potential. It just might change your life or the life of someone you love.

Please remember that people don’t have disabilities, they have dif-abilities!

Photo: www.patrickhenryhughes.com/images/

I am so sorry but I’m so excited!

People are coming out of the woodwork, as my mom would say to help us with the book! After this weekend, I will be blogging on such amazing things and guess what? You will be able to get a Rugby Jones stuffed doll and so much more. We are working very hard to get this off the ground and it will be worth it!!! Thanks for understanding! You are so way cool! Yeehawh!

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