Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better

     Well you win some and you lose some.  It looks like tonight might be a loss for our boys at APSU.  But, I don't think any of those boys realize what they are winning even when they lose. 

     So through team Impact we have become active and excited APSU baseball fans to include my husband who has never even been a baseball fan.  We thoroughly enjoy spending our weekends out at the baseball field.  Claudia has a blast and has made friends with several of the parents of the baseball players and actively engages in the games to win APSU gear. 

     When we first started this Braydon was hesitant to do it.  I loved the idea of hanging out with the College Baseball team but he is not a social kid and he was scared and nervous.  One of the things I miss the most about Braydon pre epilepsy was his spark for life and his ability to make a stranger his best friend.  He went from being one of the most outgoing children you would ever meet, he did a fashion show, he loved meeting new people, and love playing with other kids.  Epilepsy caused him to be afraid of life and the medication used to control the epilepsy takes his spark.  It really sucks. 

     Jordan and the other boys on the baseball are allowing me glimpses of the kid he once was.  I see the spark from time to time.  Tonight we saw the spark.  Shawn did not want me to pursue this.  He said it would be one more commitment and it was just "too much", tonight Shawn admitted defeat and said this has been one of the best things we could have done for Braydon.  Winning me over is easy, winning Shawn is almost impossible and a baseball team of college boys were not who I thought would do it.

     Winning baseball games comes easy to these boys.  They are amazing players and I have so much respect for all of them.  But they are killing being mentors to a young boy!!  Jordan and another boy ate lunch with Braydon today at school.  They took time out of their day to get B his favorite food, show up and hang out with him.  They are without a doubt changing his life.  When I told Jordan that he was going to make Braydons day his response was "He is going to make my day". 

     The Govs lost on the field but continue to crush at the game of life, these boys are amazing players and people and I know they will all do great things both on and off the field.  If you get the chance join the Fowlers for a game.  We will be at the next home game Friday May 5th. 

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