Colby is my son by another mother. Terry was married for many years to Colby’s mom, things didn’t work out but they co-parent this special young man. Colby was born with cerebral-palsy, autism and a number of other things. When they learned he was a special angel, they said he would never learn to walk or talk or be able to do a lot of things most of us take for granted.
Colby did learn to walk, he can’t talk or feed himself. He is still in diapers but he can communicate what he needs and wants. He began going to High School and we didn’t know how that would go. He enjoyed going to school.
He was turning 22 and the time had come for his graduation. Colby’s mom had been sick and asked Terry if he would walk Colby across the stage. He was happy to do it but was very nervous. In his experience, people stare, laugh and say ugly things about Colby so he was very apprehensive. It was time for them to get in line, as they approached the stage I could see Terry getting more and more nervous. How is Colby going to act, will he walk with him across the stage? How are the people going to react? There was so many questions racing through my brain and here they come.
They announced him and the whole class of 2017 stood up and started yelling and cheering for him. It brought tears to my eyes! As I looked around everyone in the whole convention center was standing and yelling for him. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place as he exited the stage. It was such an honor to be able to experience that. There are still good people in this world.