Friday, May 6, 2011

Rod's Pennies of Wisdom

I have been a little slow in posting lately.  Even though Artfest 2012 is about a year away, now is the time for submissions for classes...so that's what I've been working on!!  Eeeek!  It's so hard to think of that when we just finished Artfest 2011!  Soooooo....here's something different for now:

The only person to have heard this story is Tammy McGee:    My brother, Rod, has Autism.  He is highly functioning but his thought process is very different than my own (not that I am that "normal"!!).  I see him every Friday night and he never ceases to crack me up with his view of the world.  My parents were told when he was young that he would never graduate high school, never work, drive or marry.  My parents did not accept this and now years later,with their constant encouragement (and sometimes pushing),  he has done all of these things.  He drives, has worked for the DOT in the county that we live in for 25 years and has a wonderful wife (who is just like him...Lisa...I'm sure you'll hear about her "Pennies" as well later on!).
I want to explain the title "Rod's Pennies of Wisdom".  Tonight, Rod said that sometimes when you listen to a vinyl record, it will skip but if you put pennies on the arm of the needle, it will push down the arm and you can hear the music.  You will get "the wisdom" and that is how he sees himself...the Pennies of Wisdom!!....Okay!  We'll go with that!  I wanted to explain that because from time to time I will post Rod's Pennies of Wisdom and I wanted you to know the initial story.
Here is the first one:  The tornadoes happened last Wednesday here in Alabama.  On the following Friday night (2 days after) Rod said to me, "I REMEMBER when it happened"!!  I cracked up!  Guess what..I remember it, too!!  The most wonderful thing about Rod is that he is able to laugh at himself.  In fact, it is with his permission that I will be posting his Pennies of Wisdom.  More to come.....

11 comments:

Shonna said...

That is so cool Sunny! I look forward to hearing more Pennies of Wisdom from your brother!!

Diane said...

I would like to have a Rod in my life with his Pennies of Wisdom.
:)

Doone said...

Hi Sunny, it takes a different perspective to be able to 'see' things from All Angles, thank Goodness we are not all the same and Viva La Difference...despite the hardships such things inevitably bring



Dx

MamaV said...

Look forward to them.

Nelly said...

Good for your parents. Can't wait to hear some more "pennies." Also can't wait to here what you classes are for next year.

Tammy said...

:o) I was just telling someone your encouraging words yesterday about your brother! Love the pennies of wisdom! xoxo Miss you, and so thankful you are safe :o)I am soooo pumped about your artfest ideas....do we get any sneaky peekies?? hahaah! Definitly going to try to get into your class next year!{{hugs}}

The Dreaming Bear said...

Rod sounds awesome!

michelle allen said...

i love this. sounds like we could all use Rod's Pennies of Wisdom.

jasperandblue said...

I can't wait to hear more of rod's pennies...... and I'm o glad you are all ok after the terrible weather

Regina said...

This is such an awesome thing to share. I'm looking forward to more pennies of wisdom.

p.s. So happy to have found you here in blogland. Big hugs!!
(^o^)

jasperandblue said...

I'll be waiting for more of Rob's pennies.. he sounds like quite the wise owl.