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'I've Made It This Far ... NOW What??' (By Johnathon)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Johnathon writes about future plans in his latest assignment for his English Composition course at college.

Image of lightning at night (c) 2010, by Karla Dorman.

Sandusky, Johnathon

English Comp., E. Ignatz, Professor


My assignment is to write about any plans for the future.  That is good for me to think about, but I might not have a future, if my muscular dystrophy sees to it.

God, however, has had other plans.  It is by His grace, His mercy, that I am still here.  I thank God for every day I wake up and open my eyes in the morning.

One thing I would like to do is to get married to my longtime girlfriend, Rebekkah Rachel Cohen.  We are as much in love with one another now as we were when we first met; she and I hit it off; as the years go by, our love for each other only grows stronger.

While we might not be able to have any children the natural way (due to my muscular dystrophy; if she was to have any children by me, there'd be all likelihood that I'd pass the MD gene on to one of her children, and she and I certainly don't want that!), we would, instead, adopt a child.  Boy, girl ... it doesn't make any difference: as long as the child is healthy, we would give it all the love that we could possibly muster.

This would be after we get married.  For the past six months or so, Rebekkah and I have been discussing the plan of marriage.  We would love to share our love as man and wife; I think we'd make a pretty good team!  We get along famously (most of the time, but like all couples, we do fight on occasion!).

We might be getting married next year if God sees to it (she calls him Yeshua; she's a Messianic Jew).  Some people seem to have a problem with her being Jewish, but I don't.  That's just a small part of who she is, and I think it's neat sharing her traditions along with mine.  I have learned so much since meeting Rebekkah.

I would still like to pursue Meteorology as a possible career.  If not as a storm chaser, I would like to be a weather forecaster (or at least warn people if bad weather is on the way).  I have held a lifelong interest in weather ever since I was a little child, and that interest has only blossomed since I went on a real storm chase several years ago.  That was the experience of a lifetime; I shall never forget it as long as I live!

I would like to see my children grow up to give me grandchildren.  This probably will not happen, but it's still nice to dream about.  I think that would be cool to have grown children bringing the grandchildren over for a visit.  I think Rebekkah and myself would be excellent grandparents, even though we are both disabled.  Just because we are disabled shouldn't stand in the way of us being effective grandparents!

If my weather career doesn't pan out, I'd like to minor in Journalism or writing on the professional level.  I love to write.  At first, I hated it (I have dyslexia and other learning disabilities), but now that I've seemed to conquer my learning difficulties, writing has only become easier, and I now actually enjoy it.  I have a special computer made for people with visual impairments, and it's been nothing but a godsend!  I enjoy writing now!

I just don't write nearly as much because it exhausts me.  (Just about anything does anymore ... it's all part of this disease I live with on a daily basis; it's a pain!)

The best part about college life is I am attending school not far from my home.  I go home every day after classes (Rebekkah drives me; she's an excellent driver; if she can't then someone else in my class does) and spend time with the family.  It's great seeing mom, daddy, my brothers, and my sisters again; I love hanging out with my family!  (My sister Ronee' is no longer home; she now lives in Louisiana, and she's going to college there.  I really miss her; she was not only my sister: she was probably my best friend.  When she left, I cried like a baby!)

On weekends, I sleep in and just enjoy family time.  I veg out on Saturday and go to church on Sunday.  I help out with the sign language ministry.  I do sign language for the deaf members of the congregation, so they know what's going on or know what the pastors are saying.  It's a lot of fun!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my goals for the future.  I don't know if I will reach them, but with God's help, I probably will.  I hope I do; life right now is exciting, and I am enjoying the ride!  I love my life!  

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Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 1/11/2011
Great story Karen. I think it would be so cool if one of your stories became a movie some day. I would sure watch!

With Love,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/11/2011
Sounds like Jonathon has a good head on his shoulders. :) Well done, Karen!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 1/11/2011
Very nicely done, Karen.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 1/11/2011
Excellent write thank you for sharing! I love the way you draw us into your characters lives
In Christs Love

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