Child Inspires Me - By Bob
My claim to fame is that I am the
father of four awesome kids. I have
great stories about all of my kids,
but this story is about a special
day that I spent with my son, Tom,
who is nineteen years old and was
born with Down syndrome. About a
week ago on a sunny, June day in
the Colorado Mountains, we ended
up having one of the best days ever.
I decided to take Tom to the Mt.
Evans Trout Fishing pond. Tom was
itching to go fishing with his new
pole, so I did some searching and
found this place on Mt. Evans. Tom
caught six trout that day, but here's
where it became a day neither one
of us will ever forget. Tom caught
a big one. He was so excited every
time it jumped up and danced across
the water, he'd hoot and holler and
call out for me to help him. Everyone
in the valley fishing was cheering
him on and he started drawing a crowd,
including the little grandpa who
runs the business. When the fish
would jump out of the water, Tom
would yell "DAD!" and stop
reeling. I kept saying, "Keep
reeling, Tom! Don't let him go!"
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It took him a while and he had to
work hard for it, but Tom brought
that fish in all by himself. Darned
if he didn't catch a 2 pound 15 ounce
trout. The little old grandpa called
that fish the "Lunker of the
Month". He said if no one caught
a larger fish by the end of the month
Tom would win $100. Then he winked
at me and told me that I had a winner
there. I'm pretty sure he meant Tom,
not the fish.
When we got home and showed his
mom what he caught, she said she's
never seen us so happy. We were high-fiving
each other, hugging and calling each
other "best friend!"
When Tom was born I never thought
I'd have a day like this with him.
But now I look forward to new experiences
like this with my son just about
every day. I couldn't imagine my
life without him. I often look at
my wife and thank her for this boy.
My son Tom and I will always be best