Sons #1 and #2 attended Boy Scout Merit Badge classes on Saturday. Son #1, who is speech impaired, selected Public Speaking. Now, I personally would have avoided it like the plague and I'm not speech impaired. But Son #1 was never one to shy away from a challenge.
As I was organizing his papers (I have to let our local troop know which badges he earned), I came across the note card that instructor handed out. One exercise was to introduce yourself and use three adjectives to describe you. Simple enough.
Here's - in part - what he wrote:
"I am intelligent, small and fidgety. I know a lot of things by reading books.
I don't have a clue why I'm small. My ADHD causes me to fidget..."
He is, of course, correct on all three accounts. His self-confidence never seems to amaze me. He's certainly faced his fair share of challenges (developmental delays, speech & language impairment, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, seizures among them). Yet he is who he is. And very accepting of himself.
He turns 13 in June. Looking back, I was nowhere near that self-assured at that age. He is proof positive that when God gives you challenges, He also grants you an abundance of graces to deal with them. We just have to tune into it.