On this Father’s Day, I couldn’t assist however shine a lightweight on a second my school roommate at Morgan State College, Michael Baker, will always remember.
A second any guardian would cherish — seeing their baby win a silver medal of their Particular Olympics debut.
Michael Baker says he, his spouse and son “practiced 5 weeks and he by no means crossed that end line till that fifty meter race and that was the very best feeling ever. And I smile about it to at the present time.”
Baker held his 10-year-old son, Michael Jr., on the beginning line and informed him run to mommy. And the remainder was historical past.
And now he has an accomplishment nobody can ever take away.
Michael Baker says, “For us it’s a milestone. For Michael Jr., it’s only a common day. The world stopped for that ten seconds however Mike was similar to ‘what’s subsequent? The place can we eat? The place are we going?’”
Mike Jr. has been on the autism spectrum since he was first recognized at age 3.
When requested what message this says to different mother and father, by way of what their youngsters can accomplish, regardless of particular want, Baker implores that folks, “Don’t hand over. Put your baby into something doable. Since you’ll by no means know what miracles you’ll see. Within the sports activities world, miracles occur on a regular basis. And we noticed one other one on that Sunday morning.”
And his son Michael Jr., “made my Father’s Day final week. So that is icing on the cake.”