This post is part of Positive Post Tuesday, an every-Tuesday blog carnival at Brody Harper's excellent "...in case you were wondering" blog!
So, the theme of PPT is to write something nice about someone or something. Today, I thought I'd give a PPT shout-out to my son, Michael. Last year, while completing his junior year at Phoenix Christian High School, he also worked at least 20 hours per week at Chick-fil-a, saving every penny so that he'd have enough money saved to be able to go on back-to-back mission trips to Tanzania and Rwanda with e3 partners. Michael is a man of God. He's loving and kind. He has a great sense of humor and loves to laugh at everyone's silly stories and jokes. Michael is a really hard worker. He has a learning disability so he has to work twice as hard as the rest of us to get through his school work. Michael started working out with the football team about two years ago, arriving at school for zero hour at 7am daily. He made me laugh when he'd bring home pithy comments and quotes from the weights coach, Coach K. Example: when talking about eating healthy foods, Coach K said, "if you eat crap, you're gonna look like crap!" Michael ended up being the equipment manager for the team instead of a player (he got tackled twice and that effectively ended his football career) and even earned a PC letter for his efforts! I'm really proud of Michael. He is on the tech team at church - pretty much the best visual presenter we've ever had. He's got a great instinct for running our Easy Worship slides. Michael also has a blog where he posts artwork and "reviews" of his favorite albums, songs and movies. He is the reason that I listen to Relient K, Alkaline Trio, and other cool bands. I wish everyone could meet Michael. He is truly a gift from God!!
Michael and the Tanzania team visited a leper colony one day. Michael carried this baby around with him all day. When you have leprosy, no one touches you. That's probably the worst part of the disease, not being touched, hugged, loved on. This baby doesn't have leprosy yet, but leprosy typically takes up to 15 years to manifest itself. There is a cure for leprosy and the WHO is working to eradicate it worldwide.
Here's Michael all dressed up as the Chick-fil-a cow. He loved it!
Being equipment manager is a huge job, especially in the summer. He had to run water bottles out to the team constantly. By the way, #90 really is that big and tall!!