I was honored to be asked to give a young man piano lessons. He’s not just any young man, it’s Aiden!
Do you know Aiden? If not, you should. He’s a really cool kid.
Aidens Momma gave me the green light to share this story and his picture.
Aiden and his family have been dealt some real tough things in his short little life. I don’t know all of his story but I do know that currently he has little to no eyesight and is in treatment for brain cancer. He attends blind school, is learning Braille and is tirelessly in pursuit of advocating for others, especially other sick kids. And he is adding piano skills to his resume.
He’s a great kid and I can honesty say that I was very unsure of how to teach a visually challenged guy the piano. I’m not that good!! However if he wants to learn then I’ll learn right alongside him.
Aiden and his Momma showed up for his lesson this morning. We were chatting about their recent vacation. They were at an amusement park and were waiting in line to slide. Aiden wears a mask for his own protection. He was so excited to slide down like every other kid. You know kids with limitations are sometimes left out. Aidens Momma is such a good Momma. She is protective and an advocate for Aidens wishes and dreams. As they wait in line, the camera is ready to go and there is chatter in the line behind them. Not excitement for the sweet kid that gets to be like all the others. It was chatter about how dare his mother let this poor sick child wearing the mask slide down. Now let me tell you it’s a little I know about Aidens Momma. She’s tough. She is protective of her children and she’s not going to put up with anything said about her kid. She turns around and says” that’s mine right there in the second row! He’s got brain cancer and is blind! I allow him to live his best life. I hope you have a good day.” Smile as you watch Aiden. He’s in the gray sweatshirt.
Now are you questioning the decisions made by others without knowing the whole story? Are you judging? Are you whispering about things you know nothing about? I’m no saint and I can be as guilty as the next person but when I hear a story like I did today, it can hit right between the eyes.
Are we advocating for the hopes and dreams of others or are we judging from behind the curtain?
I do know that I’ve filling a piano playing dream for one young man and I’m going to keep pushing forward to become just a little bit better than I was yesterday.