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[Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954):] Source: LYBIO.net
Here’s the latest original shot from Filmmaker John Chester over at Apricot Lane Farms.
Everyone knows that farming requires hard physical labor, especially in the summer. Fortunately, we get a lot of friends who offer, to come, and help us out, but none have been as memorable as Chris. While most our new at farming, Chris has been farming is entire life, but he has a few limitations.
Things that I can’t do: I can’t drive legally, I can’t operate a chainsaw, mind you I’ve never really tried, I can’t weed whip or weed whack, I cannot swim to save my life. You drop a bowling ball and me in the water at the same time. I will beat the bowling ball to the bottom nine times out of nine. I was going to say nine times out of 10 but no, it’s 100%.
It takes me upperwards of 400% more energy to do everyday tasks than somebody with arms and legs. I’m hopping on one leg; it’s a good little workout.
So what can a farmer with no legs and no arms do?
When I tell people that I’m a farmer, I am pretty sure people are yeah, all right.
There were my ideas of what Chris could safely do to help out, and then there were his.
[Male Speaker:] Source: LYBIO.net
So how do you brake?
Got a jog here, put a 2 by 4 by about three feet long, cut a groove in it and I’ll be driving this thing in about two to three minutes.
I’m sure in the back to your mind, you would probably wonder well, how does he do it? And how competently can he do it?
When I was born, my grandma actually set a tone right at a very early stage.
My uncle phoned my grandma and grandpa, and let them know about my mom and dad, had a baby boy, healthy, but not everything was there. And my grandma didn’t even hesitate for a second. She said. Well, Bruce, my dad – never did finish anything he started. (laughs)
I grew up riding around on the tractors’, the combines and I’d say when I was about nine or 10, I’d want to start driving on my own and I’ve been basically doing it ever since.
One might assume Chris’s parents had a hand in developing his extraordinary independence, but not in the way that you might think.
Talking to my dad, I asked him, “What did you do differently with me than you would have any other kid?” He said “Nothing”, so my independence is almost endless, now because of their approach.
There was very little he couldn’t do.
I remember as a kid, being sent down to the office, because I wouldn’t wear my prosthetic arm at school. They weren’t really for me, and I don’t think I even realized I was missing arms and legs.
He has not only overcome the many physical challenges of his life, but he has gracefully navigated the most awkward moments.
[Chris Koch:] Source: LYBIO.net
I was handing out Halloween candy one year, and the kids are like, aah, awesome costume! I’m like – I’m wearing Jeans and a T-shirt, it’s not a costume, this is me. Come back here on the 1st of November, I’ll be wearing the same thing.
Some people are ashamed of their freckles. Some people are ashamed of that spare tire around their waist. They have big ears, or a big nose or whatever. I think if you’re worried about how you look, you’re cheating yourself out of opportunities.
Chris’s powerful courage is fueled by the acceptance that he has for himself, imagine if in our own lives, we could all do the same.
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