matthew (name changed) went to summer camp at a wonderful place for kids with disabilities. it's called stepping stones. last year my 13-year-old volunteered there each week. the children she and her friends worked with were in the 11 - 14 age group.
she loved volunteering and came home with stories.
there's no picture of matthew, because i never met him. but i know what he said,
"i want TRAIN!" a volunteer would draw him a train. "i want ORANGE TRAIN!"
or the next week, "i want DIAMONDS!" (draw a diamond?)
or, "i want RAIN!" (how about a squirt from a water bottle?)
and, "I want TRUCK!" he was happy and mischievous, and he knew how to make the volunteers do what he wanted.
my child enjoyed her work with matthew very much.
sometimes i think of him. i'll think, "i want REST!" or "i want to READ!". when we rush around for our children, families, and jobs, it's hard to remember that it's okay to WANT something. so matthew inspires me, and i wish him only joy. do you have a hard time realizing you want something? if so, try matthew's way. just shout it!