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#visionariesaremade - Father's Day 2017 / page 8

June 2017

Visionaries are not born; they're made.

What makes someone a visionary? Perhaps it's the ability to see possibility where others do not.


Andre, Waverly, and Savannah

Studio photo of Andre, Waverly, and Savannah
Photo by Cecilia and Jacob Lee

Savannah: He's funny. He's a hard worker.

Waverly: He's ok. He's understanding. He's pretty cool! He's not the worst looking dad, so that a plus.

Savannah: There's a picture with Waverly and Dad. Dad was throwing Waverly in the air, and Waverly was laughing.

Waverly: Once, Savannah stuffed all of dad's Nutter Butter Bites in her pants. We had to turn her upside down and they all fell out. [Laughter.]

Andre: Don't treat your children with disabilities any different. It's just a child; treat them like a child. Be patient like you would with another child. I didn't have problems; I treated them like anyone else. Just love them. Patience. Loving and patience.

Waverly: My dad will do anything for the people he loves.

Savannah: He's fun to hang around.

Andre: There's no book to read, no 'go to' manual, no dvd. You 'just do it' - .like Nike. Everything works out fine.




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