I am convinced that Matt can do anything he sets his mind to doing. He may have to work a little harder and think about his movements more than the average guy, but that's not going to stop him from participating in sports. This weekend we headed out to the ball park to play a little ball. Needless to say, some innocent practice quickly turned into a home runner derby competition between Matt and Sam. I won't say who won, but you can probably tell from the pictures, who was there to play and who was there to sashay. Both players cooled down with a dip in Grandpa D's pool afterwards.
Today is a bittersweet day. It's been 5 years since Matt's accident. It's hard to believe it's been that long, yet all the emotions of that day are still so real, so close to the surface. Then I see Matt, running with his friends, swimming at camp or just playing with his sister, and I realize how far he has come. He's achieved such much in his 9 years of life and I know that he is destined to do many more great things. He inspires me on a daily basis.
What happened to Matthew is a preventable tragedy, yet thousands of children are critically injured or killed by lawn mowers each year. Please keep Matthew's story in mind when you are operating equipment and remember that lawn mowers are tools, not toys.