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Old 04-22-07, 03:09 AM   #1
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There are dads and then there are dads.

Never thought I should cry watcing a Youtube video, but this one made me. Amazing couple, wish I had a dad like that and that I were a bit more like him as a dad.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4B-r8KJhlE
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Old 04-22-07, 04:27 AM   #2
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Wow! Ok, it got to me too. Absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing.
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This reminds me of a mom (Margaret) I know.

Her son had a very similar disability.

We met her at a special place in Philadelphia, The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, where we had taken Andy for 6 years in the early 1970's. She was in the same "starting group" as we were. We went back there (us from Colorado and Illinois, she from Irvine, CA) every 3 months for evaluation and reprogramming.

Each of us set up a home program for our kids using volunteers to provide intensive therapy 13 hours per day 6 days per week, using community (mostly church) folks (we both ultimately had about 375 over the years), which we recruited, trained and scheduled.

My wife and I had each other for support and rest. Margaret was all by herself. The dad had pretty much disavowed the son. She not only had this program for John, she took him everywhere (operas, sporting events, shows, trips) and did everything with him, much like this father, often carrying him herself and/or in his specialized wheelchair. We maintained correspondence over the years after we both left the Institutes, and I visited her in CA, taking her and John to dinner. John and I would occasionally exchange emails, which he accomplished on some special computer equipment activated by his hand movements, which were very little.

John died a few years ago, and Margaret moved to Minnesota with her family. She is in her 70's now, and last I heard she was volunteering with other children with profound disabilities.

She is one of my heroes.

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Old 04-22-07, 09:29 AM   #4
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Never thought I should cry watcing a Youtube video, but this one made me. Amazing couple, wish I had a dad like that and that I were a bit more like him as a dad.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4B-r8KJhlE
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Amazing guys. Amazing story. Made me cry!
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Old 04-22-07, 10:00 AM   #5
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Man, that is what you call, LOVE. I wish we had more of it in this world. Best wishes, George
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This reminds me of a mom (Margaret) I know.
She is one of my heroes.
Mine too, thanks to your story.
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Old 04-22-07, 01:47 PM   #7
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I am in awe. What a wonderful example.
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Just too weird....I was thinking about that video just yesterday while riding and now here it is on 50+. What an inspiration!!

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Old 04-22-07, 08:00 PM   #9
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Never thought I should cry watcing a Youtube video, but this one made me. Amazing couple, wish I had a dad like that and that I were a bit more like him as a dad.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4B-r8KJhlE
I've seen this video several times and I still cry each time I see it. What a wonderful story.
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Old 04-22-07, 09:04 PM   #10
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unbelievably inspiring. Brought my wife and 2 teen boys in to watch. Even my jaded (but very nice) boys thought it was amazing.
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That was a good reminder. Life should not be about me, it should be lived for others.
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