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When I Grow Up. ....
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Monday, October 03, 2011

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A boy who is disabled writes what he wants to do in life and why.

Image (c) 2010, by Karla Dorman.

When I grow up, I want to be several things, actually.  That way, if I don't like the one, I can always choose another.

First of all, I want to be a singer.  I love to sing.  Always have.  I love Josh Groban and Brad Paisley the best.  

I would love to sing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry or at Madison Square Garden.  I think I would succeed in making the people clap or cheer for me.  That would make me feel soooo good! :)

Secondly, I would like to be a teacher.  My teacher is named Mrs. Hardwick; she is very good at what she does.  She makes learning fun and exciting!

Third, I would like to be a preacher, like my daddy.  My daddy preaches just about every Sunday at church.  I am a Christian and would like to lead other people to Jesus Christ.  I became saved when I was nine and got baptized a week later.  My parents were so proud of me!

There is one thing though that may try to hold me back.  I am disabled.  I am in a wheelchair.  I was born with spina bifida, but none of that has ever stopped me from doing a lot of the things I love.  I play sports like baseball (I play on a team for kids with special needs; it is always a lot of fun!).  I write stories or poems.  I sing.  I read.  I go to church.  I make very good grades at school (I am in the seventh grade).  I am very smart.  Don't tell me that I can't do anything because I will prove to you that I CAN!

God made me the way I am for a reason.  While I don't like being in the hospital or having surgeries or having to wear braces or walk with crutches (or use a wheelchair at times), I do love my life.   Just because I am disabled doesn't mean my mind is.  I will prove you wrong, each and every time!

I guess I will have plenty of time to decide what I am going to do with my life.  After all, I am only in middle school.  I can change my mind, or maybe I can do all three!  LOL  I could be a singing teacher who preaches on the weekend!  That way, I can do all the things I want to do ... and get PAID for it!  :)

~Josh Harrington.  :) 

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Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 10/5/2011
Logically, I think that Josh would make a very good and inspiring teacher. As always, Karen, you breath life into your characters and stories.
Your friend from Southern California; Mark
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 10/5/2011
A kid with a wonderful mind. Great story Karen.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Laura Fall 10/4/2011
A wonderfully written story Karen of this boys dreams that I hope come true well done Laura
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/3/2011
I hope this young man's dreams come true. Well done, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/3/2011
Great story, Karen.

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