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Wed Aug 31, 2016, 11:14 AM

Thank You: "You made this momma exceedingly happy, and have made us fans for life!"

Leah Paske
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Several times lately I have tried to remember my time in middle school, did I like all my teachers, do I even remember them? Did I have many friends? Did I sit with anyone at lunch? Just how mean were kids really? I remember one kid on the bus called me "Tammy Fay Baker" bc I started awkwardly wearing eye liner in the sixth grade, I remember being tough and calling him a silly name back, but when he couldn't see me anymore I cried. I do remember middle school being scary, and hard. Now that I have a child starting middle school, I have feelings of anxiety for him, and they can be overwhelming if I let them. Sometimes I'm grateful for his autism. That may sound like a terrible thing to say, but in some ways I think, I hope, it shields him. He doesn't seem to notice when people stare at him when he flaps his hands. He doesn't seem to notice that he doesn't get invited to birthday parties anymore. And he doesn't seem to mind if he eats lunch alone. It's one of my daily questions for him. Was there a time today you felt sad? Who did you eat lunch with today? Sometimes the answer is a classmate, but most days it's nobody. Those are the days I feel sad for him, but he doesn't seem to mind. He is a super sweet child, who always has a smile and hug for everyone he meets. A friend of mine sent this beautiful picture to me today and when I saw it with the caption "Travis Rudolph is eating lunch with your son" I replied "who is that?" He said "FSU football player", then I had tears streaming down my face. Travis Rudolph, a wide receiver at Florida State, and several other FSU players visited my sons school today. I'm not sure what exactly made this incredibly kind man share a lunch table with my son, but I'm happy to say that it will not soon be forgotten. This is one day I didn't have to worry if my sweet boy ate lunch alone, because he sat across from someone who is a hero in many eyes. Travis Rudolph thank you so much, you made this momma exceedingly happy, and have made us fans for life!


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Reply Thank You: "You made this momma exceedingly happy, and have made us fans for life!" (Original post)
kpete Aug 2016 OP
narnian60 Aug 2016 #1
Tikki Aug 2016 #2
madokie Aug 2016 #3
monmouth4 Aug 2016 #4
KT2000 Aug 2016 #5

Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 11:31 AM

1. Oh, my.

Tears here.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 11:33 AM

2. I don't think we are actually touched more than parents of M S regular~ed students when.....

something like this happens for their child, but I know we cry and cry harder with joy.

I have a feeling Travis Rudolph was raised well.


Tikki

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 11:40 AM

3. I almost can't see to post this

Now I'm going to have to change shirts cause this one is all wet. Tears of Joy are so sweet

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travis_Rudolph

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 01:14 PM

4. Nicest post I've read in a long time. Travis Rudolph, I will remember your name..n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 01:34 PM

5. my heart breaks for that boy

what a sweetheart Travis Rudolph is - he thinks of others. He will have many fans in his life.

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