Friday, November 5, 2010


Attitude is everything. My six-year-old granddaughter was born prematurely and remained in neo-natal intensive care for many months struggling for survival. Because of cerebral palsy, Maddie still suffers through operations, therapy and other battles of the disabled. The daily rigors of her world consume so much time and energy, I'm always amazed how well she copes. This beautiful little girl is smart; she thinks I'm crazy.

Considering all she has been through and all she faces, this child maintains a sense of humor second to none and we have tons of fun teasing each other. One day after telling her a totally inane story, she accused me of being silly. Pretending to be shocked at her observation, I said I certainly was not, but she was the silly one. After a contemplative pause, she replied, "No grandpa, I'm not silly. but I always have a smile in my mind."

What the world could learn from this six-year-old girl.

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