Monthly Archives: April 2015

V = Victory

Everyone is a winner at Special Olympics!

Well I came close to being the first “non-winner” at a Special Olympics event.

Sonya and I signed up to play Unified Bocce Ball. Unified sports gives those of us without a disability the opportunity to play a sport with an individual with a disability.
Sonya had played Bocce ball. As a matter of fact she had traveled to Ireland to play in the international Special Olympics Bocce Ball tournament. I had never played Bocce Ball. But how hard could it be? I had played every other type of sports throughout my life….this was like bowling on grass….how hard could it be? (did I already say that?)

About half-way through the tournament it was obvious I was dragging us down. Sonya politely and clearly said to me…”I want a medal!”
I realized I needed to step up my game…and quick!

Fortunately I was able to pull it together and play up to Sonya’s standards. We were able to place third and receive a bronze medal!

Me and Sonya on the winner's podium.

Me and Sonya on the winner’s podium.

The A – Z Challenge will run through April. Each day is a different letter and a different photo…I hope you all enjoy!

U = University

It never dawned on me as a child that I would attend a university. I came from a family of farmers and blue collar workers. In my childhood home academics were not stressed and the future was something that simply happened…it wasn’t planned for.

Around my junior year in high school colleges began hinting that I might want to play for their school. It was not for my academic ability but for my athletic ability. I had been playing competitive volleyball on a travel team since I was a Freshman.
My Senior year a local newspaper reporter was interviewing me about our undefeated season. Suddenly he asked me where I planned to attend college. I had no idea what to say. I loved the idea of going to college but my grades were extremely average and I had little motivation to actually study.

By the end of my senior year in high school I had been offered a full ride scholarship to play volleyball for a division II school (Wright State University). I made it through about a year and a half of school….lettered in volleyball my freshman year but failed many classes. I quickly realized I was woefully unprepared for college and dropped out.

It took me quite a few years to realize how important a degree from the university would be in my chosen field. I began taking classes at the local junior college as I could afford them. And slowly began learning how to study and I learned to love learning. After (many) years of piece-mealing together classes I finally completed my Associates Degree.

Finishing my Bachelor’s Degree (University of Texas at Arlington) would be too expensive and I would never finish if I  tried  to pay for it on my salary….so I took out student loans and by the time I turned 48 I graduated with a Bachelors of Social Work….Oh, and did I mention I graduated with honors?!

Me and Mom

Me and Mom

T = TnT

T = TnT = Tree & Tina

It seems so obvious….my partner and I are both “T” people. So we quickly adopted TnT as a way to represent us as a couple.

Chub Lake, Ontario

Chub Lake, Ontario

Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo TX

Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo TX

Tree & Tina.....us!

Tree & Tina…..us!

The A – Z Challenge will run through April. Each day is a different letter and a different photo…I hope you all enjoy!