"Tim changed my life in the most wonderful ways," Kathy said. "He made me notice things I had totally overlooked before."
Kathy told how she and Tim were driving past what used to be Union Carbide, in Institute, when Tim yelled out "Stop!" Alarmed, Kathy stopped.
"Look," Tim said. He was pointing at the fire coming out of one of the stacks.
"He was totally amazed," Kathy said. "I had driven past those stacks hundreds of times before, and, while I'd seen the fire, I certainly never stopped to enjoy the beauty before."
Having Down syndrome hasn't stopped Tim from being a regular guy. His mom said he loves music of all kinds, enjoys playing video games and going out to eat. He enjoys using his Shake Weight since he wants big muscles. And like most young men his age, Kathy said, "he'd like to have a girlfriend, a big red truck, a tattoo and a motorcycle."
Mostly, though, Kathy talked with pride about the quality of man her son has turned out to be. How he senses when something is wrong and will stay with you, talking in his calming voice, until he knows you're OK. About how he's never met a stranger, doesn't have an enemy in this world, and how he always, always gives more than he takes.
So now back to that favor I was talking about. I was wondering if I could get some help giving Tim back a bit of that happiness he's been so good at giving to others.
By giving him mail.
"When I first posted this on Facebook," Kathy said, "I thought he might get a few cards. I never imagined it would go this far. Being the parent of a special-needs child -- you want them to be happy, and getting mail has made him so happy. It made his day, and, therefore, it made mine."
Please take a few minutes and join our effort to pack Tim's new post office box until it overflows. The address is Timothy Merrill, P.O. Box 57, Scott Depot, WV 25560.
Reach Karin Fuller via email at karinful...@gmail.com.