Though this is late, I thought I would post any way
I worked this last Sunday with Mr. Frank Kineavy, whom I have had the pleasure of working with since sophomore year. Through working together, he and I have developed a great and lasting friendship. He has really helped open my eyes when greeting any new person. Before I first met him, I had no idea if he knew where he was going because he moves around so much. I was also nervous not knowing initially how to talk and have a conversation with someone who could not physically talk. Soon all of that went out the door. He is one of the most patient people I have met, and I would like to say that our conversations are more fluid. He is a great friend, and he will be one for life.
I have worked with Frankie on many different types of assignments and at all waking hours of the night. A couple of time sophomore year, we would be up till 3 in the morning trying to bang out an assignment. I’ve gotten to the point know where often times I can guess what he is about to type so that it speeds things up a bit. I definitely feel much more comfortable with him than I initially did, and now it has gotten to the point where our conversations are very seamless. We tangent into conversations about family and life, and he’s very comfortable answering any questions that I have about cerebral palsy.
I don’t really see this as service any more, I see it as lending out a helping hand to a friend. I don’t feel obligated or burdened by having to help, it’s something that I enjoy. It is both work and leisure and working with Frankie has changed my life for the better. I am so fortunate to have met him and been a part of Level, and I hope to take what I’ve gotten from Level and outside of it to wherever I go. I know the friendships I have made will carry on as well.