The Haves and the Have-Nots

Posted on October 7, 2009

I nearly forgot to update the Areyvut blog this week. Well, that’s not entirely true…not to say that one form of work is more important than the other, but there were more pressing matters than the blog for this week, including, but not limited to, updating the Areyvut website, sending out our e-Newsletter and putting the finishing touches on our “A Kindness a Day” Calendar.

This week I found myself sitting in the office, alone, so far for 4 days (including last Friday). With the holiday of Succot upon us, Daniel and his family traveled to Chicago and I was left to man the office. I like to think that even when Daniel is away, I do just as much work, or at the very least, the same quality work as when he is here. I do admit, however, that his being away does afford me one luxury…the ability to view more videos of cool or inspiring news stories and not feel quite as guilty about not doing my work.

I am happy to report, that one story came across my desk earlier this week. Actually, it came into the Yahoo News box on my homepage as I was checking my personal email. Having only seen a picture at first, I thought it was a story about my alma mater, the University of Maryland. Even though I graduated several years ago, I still take that UMD pride with me wherever I go…just check out my mousepad.

I started watching the video and found that it was a story about Andy Bonheyo, a high school football coach and his team. At the time of the interview, the Orioles (his team) had a record of 4-1, not bad at all, especially if you and every member of your squad is deaf. Indeed, Mr. Bonheyo works at the Maryland School for the Deaf, thus making his team’s record all the more remarkable. Earlier this year, he was asked to represent Maryland at the NFL High School Coaches Summit, the first deaf coach ever to be asked for this honor.

In a world where people are constantly complaining about everything they don’t have, from enough money in their bank account to foam on their latte, isn’t it nice to find a group of people that don’t have something that most everyone does and see what they can acheive? Best of luck to Coach Bonheyo and the Orioles with the rest of the season.
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