College applications covered our kitchen table before Beth’s senior year of high school began. She questioned the need for help during her freshman year and wondered if I could live off-campus instead of in the dorm with her. Separate housing for me for any amount of time would add significant costs on top of her out-of-state tuition, room, and board. High college expenses seemed certain, but John and I decided not to hold her back because of finances. We owned the Tiffin house and planned to borrow off it. I watched Beth hold a pen awkwardly in her right fist, not hesitating as she wrote her motto on a Challenged Athletes application. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. I filed away a note I wrote to myself that said, “Anything is possible, except when it’s not.” It amazed me how she dismissed all she couldn’t do as irrelevant, and wholeheartedly believed in the truth of the motto. And it really was true, but only for her and a small percentage of others with her priceless perspective. Those with and without a disability. “I think walking is over-rated,” Beth said, with a smile.
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