A very good friend of mine, named John, visited class on Tuesday. I invited John to visit class because he has a special story of survival and "heart." He was in a car crash when he was twenty-one that left him in a coma for six months, with brain damage and little chance of survival. He is one of the most special people I know, and I wanted my students to meet him, hear his story, see how he lives his life, and empathize with someone who might seem "different." John talked about his journey, and the hard work it took to learn again how to talk and walk. His journey is a miracle and the kids got to see just how different his life is, but also saw John's special way of living, even to the point of having a unique way of tying his shoelace.
© 2015 Peter J. Wilson
Peter Wilson teaches fourth grade at University Lake School, in Hartland, WI.