From special needs kid to manhood

There are events and moments that mark stages of life. Today, Joey achieved a big one.

No, not a prom or a date. Certainly not engagement or marriage.

Nor was it the first day on a job.

And it dang sure wasn’t getting behind the wheel of a car.

No, today Joey came home and…

Signed his 1040-EZ for the Internal Revenue Service!IMG_20140128_183914_620

Sure, I filled it out. Melissa and I have complicated taxes and use a pro to prepare them. But Joey is a breeze, and the site offered by H & R Block was easy, fast and free. Still, I felt that Joey ought to sign for himself.

The day of assembling tax info went well. I was in a grateful mood. All kinds of people paying all kinds of taxes provide resources that help a special needs life and support those who provide the day to day care.

I made it a bit of a spiritual undertaking, leaning on a New Testament passage that isn’t preached all that often,

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. (Romans 13:7)

So we’re thankful tonight, for all of you taxpayers out there who have helped our lives in many ways. We honor you and we pay our taxes without grumbling.

And we’re thankful for Joey, who opens us up day in and and day out to see deeper content in all the chores. Even doing the taxes.

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