Our family threw out “CAN’T” very early in Tyler’s life. We were going to do everything we, and he, had an interest in doing. So, it wasn’t unusual for us to find ourselves in inaccessible situations where we had to ditch the wheelchair and put Tyler on dad’s back. This task I embraced gladly. I know I found true JOY helping Tyler this way. In reality, it helped all of us to overcome the physical and attitudinal obstacles thrown in his way. So, was the case in Colorado years ago when we were hiking and quickly found the trail impassable for a wheelchair and a mountainside of boulders just waiting to be conquered.
As Tyler and I got ready to climb the mountainside, a smiling older gentleman said, “That’s quite a burden you’re carrying there!” Without thinking and with an even bigger smile, my quick reply was, “That’s no burden. That’s a treasure!”
Yes, I knew even then that I was carrying a priceless treasure on my back … such was the case when carrying any of my children. But little did I know then how this treasure would touch so many people, would one day set off to change the world … and then would do it.
Tyler’s legacy is now in our hands, our voices, and our hearts.