Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wonderful day with the Kiwanis club of Brigham City.

This great club made me feel so welcome! They meet at Maddox, which was a great bonus for me.
The are involved in some wonderful projects, one of which touched me personally.
My son Ethan struggled to learn to read until the 3rd grade. He was so frightened and discouraged. My heart literally ached for him.
Then his teacher told me that she had NO worries or fears about Ethan. All he needed was a little encouragement and help.
Other kids from the school started reading with Ethan (and other children struggling like he was) and volunteers from the community read with him as well. In a short time he was caught up with the other kids in his class, and everything fell into place for him. He's a thriving, successful student now, finishing his last year of Junior High, ready for High School next year.
I can't imagine what would have happened if other opinions would have been given consideration, opinions that told us that Ethan had learning disabilities.
Thank you very much to groups like Kiwanis who help children like Ethan. You may never fully know the difference you make in our lives.

My wife mentioned to me on the way home that some people just seem to "get it". Whatever they do in life, whatever they try, whatever they do for a living, they just seem to glide along, hopping over challenges like little bumps in the road. Sometimes these people have a hard time feeling empathy for those who struggle.


  1. Darrell!! I'm so excited to know you're getting back into public speaking again! Everyone who's ever heard you speak knows how fascinating you are to listen to -- public speaking is one of your many talents! I'm so excited to be a follower of your blog! :)

  2. Thank you Kay!!!
    I'm a big fan of your work! "When the Bough Breaks" is a wonderful work on teenage alcoholism.
    "A Love Like Lilly" was very personal for me, dealing with loss and new love.
    and of course, we all loved your debut success - "The Secret Journel of Brett Colton."
    I am VERY proud of your success.