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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Griffin's First Pony Ride, Happy Father's Day


Griffin rode a pony for the first time yesterday and he sure did love it. From the very first minute that he got on that pony's back he started laughing and didn't stop until long after he was off. That's not me beside the pony by the way, I was taking the photos.

It's been raining here off and on the past few days so we've been stuck inside but when we are able to we take advantage of the beautiful weather taking Abby for long walks and playing on the playground.

I hope that all the fathers out there had a wonderful Father's Day and that you feel the love from you NT kiddos but especially from your autistic children. Hopefully, you will have shared special and touching moments every day and all the days in the future not just on this day. I want to say to my father that I am grateful for having him as a dad and that I couldn't have imagined having a better father in my life. I remember in high school, some of my fondest memories of us together, working on my 1969 Mustang convertible. I loved getting all dirty and greasy and working with him on doing engine repair and body work. It was so nice to be able to bond with my dad in that way. I don't know that I appreciated it that much then but I sure do cherish those memories now. Unfortunately, I wasn't the easiest child to raise, almost always getting into some kind of trouble and giving my parents a hard time and for that I am sorry. At least though, I grew out of it and have learned my lessons in life at a young age and had the guidance of my parents to steer me in the right direction. I attribute my success as a good and decent human being and mother to the fact that my parents were strict with their discipline and tough on me because had they not been so strict I think that I would still be getting into trouble. So, I want to thank my dad for always being there for me through thick and thin and sticking by his rules making sure that I was a productive member of society. Thanks dad for showing me what it means to be loved and how to love back even though it was usually tough love, it was still your way of showing me that you care. On this day, Father's Day, I salute you dad and all that you have done for me not just when I was a child but as an adult you have lead by example how to truly love someone like you love my mom a dedication and devotion that shines like the sun. Happy Father's Day dad!

3 comments:

Ann said...

This is your dad and I do truly love you and I did try to help you know right from wrong and I am glad that you feel like it was the right thing for me to do. There were some of those days but I knew you would be the person you are now when the time came. I always felt that it's like what the bible says If you raise a child the way you want them to be they will always come back to it. You have turned out to be an exceptionally good mother in a very difficult situation. It is not easy to be a single mother with a special needs child and being so far away from home. We Love You.

Mr Ornery said...

May I second what your dad has said? Your parents raised a child who has become a truly exceptional woman.

K.C.'sMommy said...

Griffin is all smiles:) That is a beautiful picture Lora.
You are a great mother and a great friend:)

To Lora's Daddy and Mother,
Thank you for raising such an honest, caring awesome daughter. She has helped me through some very difficult times and has always been there for me:)

Thank You!