Thursday, January 31, 2008

Golf For Life

Pugman (who is Brad's cousin, apparently) left a comment on my post about Brad Hennefer with the link to Brad's Golf for Life organization. It's pretty awesome.

I've been thinking a lot about Tom's thoughts about Pollyanna Syndrome and how sometimes attempts to point out how "normal" kids with Ds are seem empty, almost to the point of insulting ("It's almost as if he isn't different at all!"). But the more I read about Brad, the more I am in awe of what he is doing. Not only is he doing things people probably thought he would never do, but he and his family are advocating on a large scale for the inclusion and advancement of people with disabilities. Just take a look at some of the pictures on that webpage...those people are happy. They are happy and they are making others feel included, confident, and successful. *Also, I look at pictures of Brad and his brother, Bobby, and can't help but hope that Ian and Chase's relationship will have some of the same qualities that theirs does.*

I think this is an amazing example of using his "Other-ness" in a positive a way that no person with a measly 46 chromosomes could do it.

I just like it. And I hope that Chase can find a niche like this.

1 comment:

Chris said...

Could not agree more!

Same, different, Other. We need to be open to the wonderful possibilities that may lie ahead.