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I've been thinking a lot about Brody's parents lately. I don't know them. I only know what I know from the interviews I've seen and read. But I am in awe of these parents. You see, Brody was born without legs. They could have easily felt cheated, with a chip on their shoulder, angry that they didn't know about it even after ultrasounds. Instead, Brody's dad admits to pushing him "pretty hard sometimes" to be independent. His mom remembers thinking he looked like the Peanuts character, Pigpen, when Brody was playing local baseball.
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The point I'm trying to make is that they realized the reality of Brody not having legs but decided that they wouldn't treat their son any differently than any other parent offering their kid opportunities. Some day, I'd like to meet Michelle and Robert Roybal. I'd like to shake their hands and tell them that they are as awesome as their son.
|Brody's Mom - Spelling out USA|
Some people come into your life for a reason. Whether or not I get to congratulate that gold medal winner in person, I would like him to know that he and his parents have changed my outlook on life.
A final note: (Removed on advisement.)