Monday, June 6, 2016
"Wow! This is so much fun! I love golf!"
"This is great! Playing golf is fun! You make me laugh & smile!"
Several times in the past I have included quotes like this in various blog posts. And how could I not? Any time you hear a child say things like this it gives you an indescribably great feeling. What makes it even better is these comments came during the last two weeks from two different brand new golfers in our junior golf clinics at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital. Every week the kids do or say something that amazes me and the last two weeks have certainly been no exception.
Over the last five years golf has become a regular part of therapy for the kids and is a great example of Ranken Jordan's "Care Beyond the Bedside" model. Watching and helping the kids learn the game of a lifetime is a very rewarding and humbling experience. There are plenty of examples of kids like Drew who played golf prior to coming to Ranken Jordan. Having the opportunity to get back to doing something he had played and enjoyed before his injury has made doing his therapy much more fun (and tolerable). Every week Drew comes to golf, stands up, and hits golf balls for the better part of an hour. During this time we talk about anything imaginable, but we also spend a lot of time discussing how golf is helping him get better. He is a very smart young man and completely understands the healing role golf can play. Add to it the chance to get better while swinging a golf club and he always looks forward to "Golf Day" at Ranken Jordan!