Saturday, October 27, 2007

Including Samuel

Hey! There are two posts today so if you're reading this one, also make sure to check out Daniel and his pumpkin carving skills!

I read about this little boy named Samuel the other day. And it hit me hard. I immediately wrote to his father Dan, and asked if I could do a link to Samuel's site. Samuel has Cerebral Palsy and is older than Daniel. But when I watched the videos and checked out pictures and read, it felt like I was reading all about Daniel. For whatever reasons, I felt a sort of bond. I want to get any information I can from these parents ( I know that there are different circumstances between the kids) but they seem to be doing everything that I want for Daniel.

There was one little clip where his mom was explaining when they noticed that there was an issue with Samuel. All the things that go through your head, "how will he be able to run and play, how will he hold a pencil in school, how will he fit in." Those are some of the things that go through my head on a daily basis. And I try with every ounce of my being to make sure that Daniel has everything and anything that might make his life a little easier. Some people may think I go overboard, or that I am to the extreme. But if it were your child, I guarantee, you would be doing the same thing. There is always the fear that I will let Daniel down. That I will skip a therapy session because I was tired or there was some other "emergency" and that could have been the therapy session that something clicked for Daniel and he understood what to do.

Any how, Samuel's father has made a documentary called "Including Samuel". Watch it. It is heart wrenching in many aspects. He did a wonderful job. I can only hope that Daniel does as well as Samuel obviously is doing.
What I hope you get from visiting his site...., just because our children are different in ways that they had no choice in, they are people, just like you and me.

I hope that people will see Daniel for who he is, not what he has. I don't want him to be known for the little boy that can't talk, or the little boy who moves funny. He is Daniel, and he is my little boy, and I could never be more proud of him that I am. He is truly my hero.

Here are some additional photos of Samuel (because he's so cute!)


Jacolyn said...

That little boy really touches my heart! I'm looking forward to the film coming out. These things give me hope. Can you share Samuel's site with me or would you rather I write for premission?

C said...

Melanie--I saw this clip over the weekend when I was surfing the net. I can't wait to hear when it will be released, hopefully in theaters? It seems like all of society could use just this kind of thing--more info on a barely known, poorly understood schooling option for kids.

Anyway, thanks for posting it. I think I'll be linking it as well. :o)