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A Song Of Hope: Tevin's Story
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, March 15, 2003

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A story about a little boy who has Down's syndrome.

Tevin Demetrius Hodgkins was a beautiful little boy of six years old; and he lived with his family in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the apple of his parents' eye, and he far exceeded any expectations placed upon him by doctors.

Tevin was born with mental retardation; he had a condition known as Down's syndrome, which left him mentally disabled and with distinct features, features like uptilted eyes, giving him the appearance of an Oriental, a flattened nose, a tongue that seemed too big for his too small mouth, a round, moon-shaped face, short, stubby fingers and toes, and thin, soft hair. He was short and round for his age; but despite his obvious physical and mental disabilities, Tevin was a very happy little boy with a loving personality; and he was rarely, if ever, sad or unhappy.

He also had faced several risky heart operations in his young life, the last one being a year ago; and he nearly didn't survive that one; but somehow he did. He was weaker than most kids and tired easily; but he was happy playing by himself. He always found something to do to amuse himself; one of his favorite things was to play with his toy cars or watch movies on the tv/vcr. His favorite movies were "Monsters Inc." and "Ice Age"; they could keep him entertained for hours; and he never tired of watching them.

Tevin attended school with other disabled children in the metro Atlanta area; and his teachers were very pleased at his progress. While he was still behind, in comparison to other six-year-olds', he was still acheiving goals. He had learned to walk at the age of two, and he said his first words at four; and now it seemed that nobody could hardly get a word in edgewise because the little boy loved to talk! He loved his teachers, and he loved his classmates as much as he did his own family.

Tevin knew what he wanted to be when he grew up: a singer. He loved to sing (even if he did sing offkey at times), but that didn't stop him. He loved to watch music shows on television, be they rock, country, or rap shows; and he knew many songs; and the little boy could pick out words to songs at a rapid rate. He sang from the time he got up in the morning until he went to bed, driving his family crazy; but they seemed to take it in stride; and they admittedly enjoyed his "mini concertos".

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 3/15/2003
This is very touching, I too look forward to hearing more of Tevin's story!
God Bless
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/15/2003
i'd like to read more about tevin...he sounds like a cute little guy! good write! (((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)

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