Monday, May 18, 2015
A Little Different
This post is a little different than my usual posts; but it's ok to be different! I usually describe my card or layout, but today I want to share a story. So, grab a cup of coffee............
Today I'm feeling just a little bit proud. Now I realize pride goeth before the fall, but I think I'm entitled to this!
Any mother would be proud to have her child graduate from a major university, but my situation is a little different----my son is a little different!
My little guy did not speak in sentences until he was almost 5; even then he had to be motivated! We learned early on he had a serious passion for horses. The first time he rode, he smiled until he had to get off the horse. Then it was a nightmare! That night at dinner he spoke one of his first sentences. We started him in riding lessons and watched his language grow!
My husband and I were told he would not read or write when he was in 1st grade. We got through that with intensive therapies and reading programs. School was very difficult for him and soon he refused to go. We had moved out to the country and acquired our own horses. So, I used these resources and I homeschooled my guy. He also worked with a very special riding instructor who was a teacher who helped along the way.
Keith had always loved the 4-H program, so we thought we might be able to motivate him to slowly integrate into the school system using the FFA/Agriculture program. Sure enough, it worked! Counselors at the school still did not have high hopes for him and told me to start planning for what he might do after he aged out of HS. After watching him win awards in 4-H Public Speaking and Demonstrations, I knew what my son could do. I'd seen him train difficult horses, win ribbons and trophies, make tough decisions, and keep moving mountains. He never gave up!
He graduated HS in 4 years with technical honors and was accepted at PU in 2011. Last Friday, we attended his graduation from Purdue University School of Agriculture. Today he started an internship with an agricultural company.
Yes, I'm just a little too proud, a lot happy, and very thankful for our friends who helped us along our journey! You might be wondering if he is still a little different..........yep, he is. But he has come a long way! He is a volunteer firefighter, has friends, loves vehicles and horses, and makes his mom proud every moment!
He also inspired me to take what I have learned and teach therapeutic horsemanship. Now we have 11 students in our program PATCH by Design. When some of the parents come to me and tell me how their child is a little different, I simply smile and look forward to the ride!
This LO is off to the following challenges:
Path of Positivity: Perseverance
Use Your Stuff: Chevrons
Pile It On: Not Cute
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes
Lasting Memories: Determination
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