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A Friendship Began (A Conversation Between Tana and Abby W/S Tagert)
By Michelle R Kidwell Power In The Pen
Saturday, April 26, 2008

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Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
what is your disabilty, if I may ask?
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
Cerebral Palsy Spastic Quadrapalegia, non verbal, I use communication tools
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
oh, ok
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
doesn't that make it hard to teach?
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
it does yes, but theres alot of technology
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
and I do have some use of my arms
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
how do you keep order in your class room?
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
they can read my eyes very well
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
But yes it can be difficult

Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
Hi Abby do I know you?
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
I don't think we have met before
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
wow well my name is Tana to state the obvious LOL
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
lol
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
and I'm Abby
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
hello Abby
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
do you have a little girl?
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
I have 3 girls and a boy
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
I'm a teacher at the Christian Elementary School
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
that's awesome, my oldest in in 3rd grade
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
thats great I teach fourth grade
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
I am a doctor and my husband is a cop
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
I taught highschool for awhile at a public school but people could not see past my disability, so I am grateful I have this chance
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
and we live in California
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
as do I
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
San Diago
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
wow me 2
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
awesome
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
what grade do you teach?
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
fourth
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
well, I'm glad you finally found a place that would overlook your disability
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
I was teaching highschool but some of the parents and the students as well as some of the people
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
that horrible
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
I mean other teachers
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
that is very shallow of them
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
I know
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
are you married, have children?
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
no not yet
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
ok
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
someday I hope
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
what is your disabilty, if I may ask?
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
Cerebral Palsy Spastic Quadrapalegia, non verbal, I use communication tools
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
oh, ok
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
doesn't that make it hard to teach?
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
it does yes, but  theres alot of technology
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
and I do have some use of my arms
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
how do you keep order in your class room?
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
they can read my eyes very well
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
But yes it can be difficult
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
but it was no more difficult growing up with the stigma of everyone thinking I was retarded incapable of forming a thought
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
well I admire you for having the ambition to not just take the easy out
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
I spent to long proving myself to give the easy way out
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
I haven't had an easy life either
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
I have had to fight tooth and nail for everything I have
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
and it makes me appreciate it more
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
yes the same here
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
so, I can relate to some degree
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
yeah I imagine you can
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
its not easy but faith saw me through
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
me too
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
what has you up at this hour, Tana?
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
eleven?
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
Its only eleven?
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
yeah
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
I do alot of my work at night
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
reading over papers, and I am getting ready for church tomorrow
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
that's late for me, considering I have 3 kids and work a full time job that is very demanding
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
my asistant is running a little late
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
I was finishing up some paper work as well
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
and I am watching videos from Joni and Friends as well
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
I am chief of the ob/gyn department  at San Diago General
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
wow you must be busy
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
very
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
then I have a 7,5 and 3 yr old as well
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
wow I dont know if I could do it
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
I want kids but I am not sure that close in ag
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
age
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
it hard but rewarding
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
I would imagine so thats the way I feel about teaching
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
and you want to hear a secret?
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
I'm pregnant again, I just found out today and haven't told anyone else yet
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
WOW
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
yeah
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
kewl
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
so, I will have 4 kids by the end of the year
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
wow
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
kind of overwhelming to think about

Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
well, Tana I am going to call it a night now. It was nice talking to you.
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
yes my assistant is here so I can get to bed as well
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
ok
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
God Bless
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
good night
Tana Williams (Four Words To Freedom) says:
I will talk to you again soon I hope and maybe soon I will have your daughter in my class
Abby (Ashes To Embers) says:
that would be great

 


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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/27/2008
Excellent conversational piece, Michelle; brava! Very well penned!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D


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