Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Personal Invitation

A while back I contemplated how to take this "thing" that has invaded our family and learn from the experience and pass that learning on to others. I began to explore other avenues in our community, at the library, and with our local school district. Not long after that "The Partnership For A Drug Free America" contacted me and ask if I would write some articles for them to post on their website in the section called Intervene. They explained it was designed for parents and experts to pass along their experiences and knowledge for others to learn. That fit as a piece to one of my goals, but is was not local and face to face. However I have been amazed at the reaction I have received from that single posting.

An outcome of that posting is I have been ask to speak at a local support group called, Stand Up Parenting. This is a direct result of someone in that group reading my post and following up to see if I would speak to them. As a result I am achieving my goal of bringing this learning to my community and face to face with the personal interaction of parents.

I am issuing a personal invitation to all that read this blog near or far to come and watch Dad, stutter, stumble and fall in front of a group. We all need a little humility in our lives at some point. If you are able to join us the meeting is a week from tonight.

"An Addict In Our Son's Bedroom"
Thursday, Dec 10 6:30pm Room 213
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, Kansas 66224

http://www.cor.org/calendar/church-calendars-service-opportunities/single-views/calendar-item/article/stand-up-parenting-special-event-an-addict-in-our-sons-bedroom/back/5016/

14 comments:

Mom of Opiate Addict said...

Would love to come and watch your inspiring speech, but California is just too far..darn! Good for you to get out and educate and share. Thanks on behalf of another parent.

Dad and Mom said...

I understand, California vs Kansas weather in December. No brainer!!! Maybe you could find someplace that would bring me out there to presnt. LOL

ChaiLatte said...

Here's another Californian wishing I could be there to support your efforts, Dad! How wonderful to be able to turn a tragic happening into something helpful and educational to others. Kudos to you and you'll do a super job, I just know it!

Cat said...

The fact that you are getting the word out, and educating others is so inspirational. I wish I lived closer - wishing you the best on the first of hopefully many to come public speaking engangements!

Debby of Oxycontin and Opiate Addiction: A Mother's Story said...

I truly believe that is exactly what you are meant to do. You will do fine-- and I pray that you will be a voice to so many parents who need to hear your message. It's powerful.
Blessings!

Barbara aka Layla said...

I think all us Californians need to put our heads together and figure a way to get you out here to speak (and enjoy the weather). I have a friend in Leawood who's son is a former addict. I will let him know about this and maybe he can go on my behalf :)

You will do great, Ron, just be yourself and speak what you know!

Fractalmom said...

ohio to Kansas....sorry. too many irons in the fire ! can Mom video it and post it for us?

avoid and distract said...

I second Fractalmom. It would be great if you could post a video.

Anonymous said...

yes,...I was just thinking that same thing,...video you and we'll all get to see it later. I'm way too far away here in Virginia Beach or you could be sure that I'd be there to see you. God bless you,...I know you'll do very well and most importantly, touch people who need to hear you.
Lori

Heather's Mom said...

You wanted to pass that learning on to others, and you have the knowledge, skills and talent to do so. I think this is just the beginning.

Her Big Sad said...

Amen on the video - would love to hear your talk. You will do fine. We all gain so much by just putting what we are learning out there, and reading/hearing what others are learning also. I think this is just wonderful. Bless you!

Lou said...

There is much to say about this nightmare, and I believe you are the man to say it.

Athena said...

Sure wish we could be there - Like the others, I think this is something meant to be, and I don't see you stuttering. I also hope there is video that can be shared.

~hugs~

Anonymous said...

hi, this is the first time i've commented on your blog but i have been reading it for a while now. i live in edinburgh, scotland and i'm a support worker in a homeless hostel, mainly heroin users. i, thank god, have never used or been interested in using drugs but it is blogs like yours help me do my job better.
i hope your son gets through this. best of luck.