By Scott on March 11th, 2023

Scott with his Mom, learning to type.

I am so excited to be almost finished high school. I’m not sure what I am going to do next. For the first time since I started typing, I will have a break. It takes me longer to type and I had to take some summer classes so I could graduate on time. This meant I was constantly working in school since the start of grade 10. I am so exhausted. I’m working on some volunteer projects but I love it and I’m not worried that I need a good grade. I’m still working on a way to type faster when I don’t have assistance for steadying my wrist. Oh, I can do it, but I’m very slow. If I want to be a writer, my typing will need to become faster. If I want to write, it takes me so long I actually forget what I’m typing. That’s why I steady my wrist right now.

I have a lot of special projects I am working on that I will mention soon, but I’m really enjoying tackling them. I am learning as I go. I’m working on something else too. I don’t think I have a lot to say today about it, but I will soon.

Yesterday I was really tired from my adventures with Mom. I walked farther than I ever have. What I did not anticipate was being physically exhausted the next day. My body was so sore that I couldn’t walk for long. I am so afraid of the pain I had before my surgery and I thought it was coming back. My dad explained it was my muscles tearing and growing. It was a different feeling than I ever had. Im not a big person nor have I ever been able to work out at the level I did yesterday. I’m working out more and I will get used to this feeling. But yesterday was strange. The first time we went out we were in the trails, not very easy for me, but fun. I think we are all going to go back soon but I need a break from it for a short while. I love it, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to hike again yet.

I am so proud of my mom for being able to quit work to help me. I’m so grateful that she was there to teach me and help me through so much, I don’t think I could have accomplished what I have if she was working. I am very happy that she is my mom. She is silly but she is my true and special awesome teacher. She taught me to read, type, and do math. I think she should become a teacher because she understands how other people learn. She thinks about how the other person learns, not how she learns, and adjusts her teaching. I am not going to lie - we were sometimes not happy with each other but I understand that she was just trying to get me through some hard times. I have a very good mom. She is my best cheerleader and she is the one that makes me work hard too. She taught me so much and I’m extremely grateful for all that she gave up to make sure I could achieve my goal of graduating. The school system was not very good to me for the most part. Even though the last few years have been really good, the first years were not. I’m not sure what the future holds, but I think I can say my future will have more opportunities because of my mom.

I have to deal with my anxiety but it’s getting easier and I have to work on some other things but I can do it now. I’m working hard on the non-academic stuff right now and I’m trying hard to gain more independence. I have a couple of ideas for how to make my life better and I think that is possible because my parents didn’t listen to the experts that told them I couldn’t. They said they knew I could and they tried to help me out and they even went through a lot of awful things with how they were treated by people. But they didn’t give up on me and I am who I am because they are my parents.

Really, I am the son of the silly mom and slightly less silly dad and I couldn’t even imagine what my life would be if I didn’t have them.

For the most part I’m not getting them a gift of things but I am going to give them a gift of living my best life because that’s what they worked so hard to give me the chance to do. Ok.