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tlcoopi7
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05 Mar 2008, 12:07 am

When I think about my special friend, I think about my friend Greg.
He always been there for me and he is the first one that I contact
when I need someone to talk to or to tell him some news, either by
phone, Facebook, MySpace, or occasionally by AIM.

I first met Greg in college at a diversity event at our residence
hall. He was putting on a disability awareness simulation of a person
reciting the color of what the color words are, not the color word
itself, and I had no problems with it. For example, if the word
yellow is in blue, the person says blue, not yellow. He mentioned
that there are people that have a hard time with it, since both parts
used different parts of the brain. During our conservation, he and I
mentioned about our two disabilities, he with dyslexia and me with
autism. Greg was the first person that I told that I am autistic
during the first meeting and before then, I did not tell anyone
during the first meeting. He did invite me to come to the next
Students for Disability Awareness meeting, in which I attended and
later became the public relations chair. If it was not for Greg, I
would not even been involved with SDA.

Ever since that day, he and I became good friends. I do not know if I
will call him my best friend, but he is a special friend to me.
Through Greg, I got to know many of his Sigma Chi brothers and I
became friends with them. I even presented my autism program to their
chapter and afterwords, Greg gave me a tour of the house. Whenever I
wrote a note on Facebook or gave something to Sigma Chi, Greg shared
it to them during their chapter. I also mailed them some pictures
that I took to them and I am pretty sure that Greg will share them to
his Sigma Chi brothers. I even made him a collage of the pictures
that I have of him, including the one in a John Trovola pose while he
was wearing a 1970s era suit.

When I told him that I was graduating from college, he was upset. He
asked me, "Why do you have to graduate?" When I asked him why he was
upset, he said, "I need to find a new PR chair." I guess that he felt
that way because SDA is losing a valuable member of their executive
board. In my memory book that I passed around just before graduation,
he wrote in there, "It has been an honor working with you on SDA and
having a great friend like you. Congratulations on graduating and I
hope for nothing but the best for the future." After the college
graduation ceremony, he was the first person that I called and told
him that I am finally graduated and to tell the guys thanks for the
support.

Greg always been there for me, ever since the first meeting. He and I
accepted each other, I have no problems with him being dyslexic and
he has no problems with me being autistic. Greg is an important
person in my life and the most special friend that I could ever ask
for.



lelia
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05 Mar 2008, 3:01 am

He sounds like a great guy. And so do you.



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05 Mar 2008, 3:32 am

you are indeed lucky. not everyone is lucky enough to have a friend like that.
i feel lucky that i myself have found someone like that...and i feel honoured to call him my friend. some people just seem to have a bigger impact on our lives than others...in the best possible way.


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05 Mar 2008, 9:20 pm

IRL, I have loads of "special" friends. They're special needs and high maintenance.

Not exactly in line with this thread, but I thought I'd make a special tribute to special people.


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tlcoopi7
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09 Mar 2008, 3:17 am

This was Greg's response: "wow, that is a wonderful thing to write. thank you very much!! ! hope all is well and i hope for nothing but the best for you."


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09 Mar 2008, 12:09 pm

that was nice to read... shame theres very few "true" people out there.



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30 Mar 2008, 1:12 am

I did saw Greg when I went back to my alma mater to do my autism presentation. It was really nice to see him. I gave him the collage that I made of the pics that I have (some have me and him together and some of him that I took, even one pic of him that I took when I first met him) and the tribute that I wrote.


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