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Edith Schaeffer (beloved wife of the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer) wrote something like “our lives are a tapestry.”  I think she meant that our lives or stories are interconnected or intertwined.  I experienced the truthfulness of this phrase today.  I taught a young man who used to walk but is now confined to a motorized wheel chair.  He suffers from a disease similar to Lou Gehrig’s disease.  But he is not looking for any pity.  He is not bitter and was an exemplary student and never complained.  On Saturday, January 22, 2011, I attended his soccer game at a local community college.  His teammates have a ‘grill’ affixed to their wheel chairs and they maneuver or whirl these chairs to hit or advance the ball with this grill.  It is quite impressive.  Don’t be fooled these men and ladies are quite competitive and aggressive.  This former student scored the winning and only goal of the game.  When I first met him last semester, I thought his last name sounded familiar and today I knew why.  I used to work with his dad at McDonnell Douglas Laser Systems (St. Louis, MO) years ago.  This young man introduced me to his dad after the game and we reminisced about our time together at McDonnell.  That is proof positive that our lives truly are a tapestry.


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