Life with Pumpkin and Patience

20 Aug


Tommy lived life with abandon, riding a mean motorcycle, sky diving, and hanging with friends.  Known for his love of life, his quick smile and wit, he was the life of the party.  That life all changed one fateful day while riding his motorcycle through an intersection.  In a blinding second a drunk driver claimed his life.  Through the muddled decision to get behind a wheel of a car while impaired, he crushed Tommy and the life he once lived.

Brought back to life seven times, enduring countless operations, and watching his once vibrant and alive body fail him.  It was during these dark times that he learned patience.  He relearned to walk, ride his bike, and move the mountains of life into paradise.  He clung to hope and overcame what the doctors said he never would.  He works a full time job as a computer technician at a local high school.  He bikes to the beach and hangs with friends and family.  He has the scars to prove his ordeal, but his smile is that of a confident and brave man that has seen his faith in action. 

Desiring better strength and balance Tommy wanted to do equine therapy.  That is when Tommy came to Raise Your Dreams Farm to work on his goals.  Armed with his team of helpers and his instructor, Bobbi Santiago he is well on his way to achieving it.  He longs to don a cowboy hat and chase the wind with the sound of thunder vibrating through pumping hooves of his horse, Pumpkin.  He calls Pumpkin Buttercup when he does not move as fast as he would like.  We banter back and forth and I smile at this man who has overcome more in months than what I have ever faced in a life time of living.

I admire and look up to Tommy.  He has learned to persevere in the face of adversity, to call on patience when his body has failed him, and to look down on disappointment.  He does this through his love of life and the support of friends and family. 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and give you hope.

I would say the plans for Tommy are pretty big!  Don’t you think?

Your comments are always welcome.  Please feel free to comment. Thanks!

2 Responses to “Life with Pumpkin and Patience”

  1. billgncs August 20, 2012 at 3:29 PM #

    there is in a horse, the ability to enhance a man.

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