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Dream Big

February 18, 2010

Today I met a mommy who was rocking her baby in the NICU at Akron Children’s Hospital.  The baby was covered in a blanket and looked very cozy in her mommy’s arms.  I took a picture in my mind and thought that must have been how my mommy looked with me in her arms when I was in the NICU and so very little.  I told the nice mommy that I was born four months early and she asked how old I am now.  She smiled a big smile and gave her baby a kiss on her head.  I hope that her baby gets to go home with her very soon.

We will be thinking about the loving mommy we met at Akron's Children's Hospital NICU and hoping her baby goes home soon.

All of the people who help make Akron Children's Hospital's NICU so wonderful

We flew back home to Fort Lauderdale, Florida tonight.  I didn’t have much time to do my school classwork and homework this week so I did a lot of it when we were waiting for our plane at the airport and on the flight home.  I have the best teachers in the world! Mrs. Veve knows when I’m going to be on a trip and out of school so she and Mrs. Salomon put all of the work I will miss in a folder for my mom.  Mrs. Veve even met my mom last Saturday to get the work I did last week and give me the new stuff for this week.  (And she also gave me her son’s ski jacket to borrow when we go to cold places and it fits perfectly!  Thank you so much!)

The Best Teachers ever - Mrs. Veve and Mrs. Salomon!

My mom is my teacher outside school, and this trip Grandma Joyce was, too!  I miss my friends at school and when I come back to school after being out they all yell my name and hug me and say how much they missed me.  That makes me feel so good.

I was so happy my Grandma Joyce got to come on this trip with us.  It was great that she got a chance to meet the amazing people we met and to see me give speeches and work hard to fight for preemies.

Me and my Grandma Joyce at the Kmart meeting yesterday.

I’m on the plane now and we’re almost landing.  They just made the announcement about fastening our seat belts and I remember saying that same thing yesterday on the empty plane when Captain Steve let me talk into the speaker and I gave that announcement!  Everyone laughed and asked how I remembered every word.  I like the story about how Captain Steve, the head of all pilots at Continental Airlines became a pilot. 

Captain Steve looks up amazed that I recited word-for-word the flight attendants' speech.

He told us ever since he was 6 years old, he would tell his mom he was going to play baseball with his friends but instead he went to the local airport nearby in Mansfield, Ohio and watched all the planes take off and land.  He flew his first plane by himself when he was 16 so he’s had a lot of practice as an airplane pilot.  He followed his dreams and his dreams came true.

Speaking of dreaming, I’m very sleepy.  Good night and sweet dreams!

Love, Josh

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Neil Sharpe permalink
    February 19, 2010 6:40 pm

    Hi Josh,

    I’ve been reading your blog. You’re a very special young man. And you’ve been able to do some really awesome things on your trips so far. I work for March of Dimes in Rhode Island and you’re coming to visit us pretty soon. We’re all very excited to meet you and your family. Our state is called the Ocean State. Can you guess why? You can tell me when we meet, ok?

    Have a great weekend and we’ll see you soon.

    Your March of Dimes friend from Rhode Island.

    Neil Sharpe

  2. Mrs.Veve & Mrs.Salomon permalink
    February 22, 2010 10:56 am

    Hi Joshua,

    We are so proud of your travels meeting and talking to so many important people. We miss you and can’t wait for you to return.


  3. Mrs.Veve & Mrs.Salomon permalink
    February 22, 2010 11:27 am

    Hi Joshua,

    Mrs. Salomon and I are so proud of what you are doing. Even though we are missing you in class we know that you are having the best learning experiences. The whole class misses you in school and hope to see you soon:)

    Love, Mrs. Veve

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