Wednesday, October 14, 2009
~Phillip's Wonderful World Of Love & Life~
This story is about a wee one that had an uncertain future ... but Phillip proved that there is no such thing as being disabled ... he is abled. (Read the wonderful note his brother James just shared down a good way in this write. That is James.)
Phillip is in his early 20's, having struggled with a medical issue since birth. The thing I find most amazing is the compassion & love that has radiated from this young man from day one of meeting him. Phillip was a very happy, bubbly baby, always smiling.
James is Phillip's older brother by a couple of years. James has been so instrumental in Phillip's achievements ... his patience in caring for his brother, his love for his brother & his constant influence to his brother was simply amazing. This young child gave unconditional love & selfless time for his brother.
When Phillip would struggle trying to achieve something, James was always there encouraging Phillip ... 'come on Phil, you can do it' or 'Phillip, pay attention'. Oh! how many times we heard these words over the backyard fence thru the years.
James was really into sports, particularly baseball when younger. He would get Phillip out in the back yard trying to teach Phillip to play ball, then eventually baseball, football, etc. We used to get such a smile when we would hear James say 'Phil, keep your eye on the ball', 'Now pay attention, Phil, watch that ball' or 'Come on now, Phil, you can do it' ... and THEN one day, there was James dictating to Phillip during baseball 'practice' to pay attention with words of encouragement and a LOUD KKEEERRR - AAACCCKKK!!!! with that bat & ball colliding, the ball flying thru the air, James got so excited all he could do was hollar 'Good job, Phil, you did it' ... and, little fella Phillip was filled with glee that he DID do it! The love that was shared at that moment is indescribable ... & emotinal for us to witness.
His Mother, Mary Kay (pictured), became very active in Special Olympics sports for him. Phillip even took his team to the big playoffs in Ohio, where they won. Mary Kay gives selflessly to keeping Phillip's interest in many sports ... & supporting the Special Olympics. Her love for all the children she works with & shares life with that have special needs is very commendable. She fights furiously for these causes.
Phillip attended regular high school & graduated. An artist(s) gave Phillip some training a couple years ago, who would have ever thought ... Phillip became quite adept in painting & drawing. Above you will see a bit of the art that has come from the talent that was hidden until the flame was kindled. Oh, how excited Phillip was when he came bouncing thru our front door to tell us 'I am having an art show' ... and THAT is exactly what he did. And, he could hardly contain himself when he came bouncing thru that door again, to tell us 'I sold a painting'. The joys we have shared in Phillip's moments are emotional & rewarding for us ... hugs are given often, he is very special to us. Even our Joshua would encourage Phillip to 'try' when he'd fuss about something.
The only ones disabled are we, when we think someone is disabled. Love can overcome & conquer all ...
PS ~ James is a wonderful Father now to a beautiful daughter, Olyvia.
PSS ~ If you are interested in Phillip's art or Christmas cards write me.
PSS Prayer Request for David at Andrea's blog ~ Arise 2 Write