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A Positive Influence

Reprinted from PN June 2011

Some people believe that since Dad is a wheelchair user he can’t be an awesome father. However, I believe that because he is in a wheelchair he is an awesome father! He’s taught me some valuable things I may not have learned otherwise.

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James Compton, my dad, is paraplegic from an injury he sustained while fighting in the Vietnam War. In addition, he is 70% deaf from the explosion.

Some people believe that since Dad is a wheelchair user he can’t be an awesome father. However, I believe that because he is in a wheelchair he is an awesome father! He’s taught me some valuable things I may not have learned otherwise.

The reason my dad is an awesome father is because he isn’t like an everyday dad. He had to come up with unique activities and creative ways to play with my sister and me when we were younger. He let us climb on his wheelchair like it was our jungle gym. To this day, he and I still like to watch sports and do puzzles together.

Besides the lasting memories of playtime, he taught us some valuable lessons in life. From him I learned a lot about not giving up. The doctors told Dad he would never sit up again, so he worked all night—and come morning, was sitting up. This just proved to me that if someone says you can’t do something, don’t listen to them! He also taught my sister and me that attitude is everything.

I believe that without my dad’s being a wheelchair user, our outlooks and attitudes on life would be much different than they are now.  

 

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