Putting winning in perspective

» Posted on Jan 9, 2010 in Blog | 5 comments

I had a dream a few days ago that stayed with me. I’m not sure why I dreamed about this but years ago I had a student who had a disease that made him look like a little (about four feet tall with short legs) old man when he was sixteen. I knew his life expectancy wasn’t long and he had lots of health problems. But he was such an inspiration to me and everyone around him.

One year at the state games for Special Olympics in Oklahoma (I was a coach for 18 years), he was determined to do the 400 meter walk although it was hot and humid. He didn’t sweat so being in hot weather was hard for him. When his event was called, he went to the starting line and began his trek. Not a third a way around the track, he began to have trouble because of the heat and not being able to sweat. A volunteer walked with him, keeping cold cloths on his head and neck. He had to rest periodically, but he was determined to finish the race. He did a long time after everyone else, and when he walked across the finish line, he walked across to a standing ovation. He showed the crowd at the stadium what a true winner was that day. He proudly displayed his ribbon the rest of the time we were there. Every competitor got a place ribbon depending on where they came in. It didn’t bother him that he was last. He finished the race. That was his dream and goal.

What was unusual about the dream was that I was on Letterman (by accident and that’s a whole different blog) and ended up telling this story. Don’t ask me why. I don’t know. But the dream was so clear that I remembered it vividly this morning.

What unusual dream have you had?


  1. HI, Margaret. I am enjoying reading your interviews and would like to participate in the drawings for both books. I can hardly wait to see what kind of trouble Belle gets into in the second book. My email address: pat_radaker@yahoo.coom. Thanks, Pat

  2. I have a dream everynight and a lot of them I am quitting work and trying to take all my things home that I have carried to work (I have not worked in 17 years) and I just keep trying and can't get them all in the car.
    I also dream about my Mama a lot (she has been gone 30 years) and she is always old and I can't remember her phone number, it is so weird;


  3. I never used to dream at all or at least remember my dreams. Than about 3 years ago, I started getting nightmares for no reason and frequently. Now I get silly dreams that will make me laugh out loud in my sleep. I don't usually remember the dream itself but do remember that it was funny and made me laugh. Please enter me in the giveaway.


  4. Margaret,
    Thank you for sharing. As a mother of a 32 years old daughter with disabilities I applaud you for the care and service to our children. Why am I not surprised one of my favorite authors was a Special Ed. teacher. LOL
    Deborah M.

  5. Great post. I would love to win either of these great books.Blessings tarenn98[at]yahoo[dot]com

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