March 13, 2008

Inspired by Patrick Henry

Having DVR, I don't always watch things as they air, so it's no surprise that I'm a few weeks behind on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I know, I know. It's a sappy show, and the preservationist in me has real issues with their demolish and start over philosophy. But it's not just about how cool of a new house they can build. The people they're helping are so inspirational.

The show has been spending the last few seasons hitting each of the 50 states, and a few weeks ago the Kentucky episode aired. The recipient was Patrick Henry and his family. Patrick Henry was born without eyes, and cannot straighten his arms or legs. He's spent his life in a wheel chair, but he's never let anything keep him down. In fact, I could easily say he's accomplished more in his 18 years than I have in my fully functional 26. He was playing piano at the age of 2, and has gone on to be in the University of Louisville's marching band playing the trumpet. He's simply amazing. He plays piano better than I could ever dream of playing, and he writes his own music. I just can't believe it.

To see him do the things he can do was amazing. But he also goes to the school I graduated from, and I could help but be touched by what he's brought to the school. And I have to admit that it was really nice to see my home state shown in such a wonderful light, without the slightest hint of the jokes and teasing I get (not necessarily meanly) from people who find out where I'm from. I'm proud to say this man and I come from the same place, and I can only hope that some of you caught that episode and could feel the inspiration and joy that he spreads to everyone he meets (and even those he doesn't).

1 comment:

mystraypup said...

Patrick is awesome! What an inspiration.