I wanted to compliment Mr. Robert St. John on his column on Larry Jackson ("The music dies at Leatha's," Wednesday, Feb. 22). I had heard of Larry from other people who had eaten at Leatha's.

I really appreciated the third-from-last paragraph: "Mrs. Leatha could have done what many mothers do in her situation and sent Larry to a home for the developmentally disabled. Not Leatha. She celebrated what God made Larry and put him to work sharing that blessing. When one celebrates what God has made instead of hiding or being embarrassed, they become truly blessed. Leatha celebrated Larry, and Larry became a celebrity."

I have a blind Scout in my Boy Scout troop. I have learned this from him and his family. I have tried to explain this to others, but Mr. St. John put it the best I have seen so far.

My Scout's blindness is part of who he is. He's whole and complete as Larry Jackson was. His blindness is a part of him just like his red hair. There are no guarantees, but I look for David to get his Eagle rank in a year, year-and-a-half.

Celebrate is the best way to say it.

Artis Ford

Starkville

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