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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Spring begins this week --3/18/07

Spring is in the air! We're delighted with the good weather. Joseph has enjoyed leaving the back door open all day and breathing the fresh air. With the visits from missionaries and thought of our upcoming mission reunion (see on the Friday night before General Conference (as always). . . we have been thinking about the mission home in Sneyd Park, Bristol. Elder Ibrahimovic was sharing stories about Joseph and his tree. We had a beautiful pond in the front 'garden' ('yard' for you yankees) and a gigantic tree that must have been at least 80 feet tall. Joseph decided to climb the tree. This he did with the help of climbing gear and ropes. Then he decided to build a remarkable zip line from one tree to another across the pond. After building it, he could climb up the one tree, assisted with pulleys and ropes, then re-clip his harness to the zip line and sail at incredible speed across the pond and down to the ground. It was thrilling for him and terrifying for mom and dad. It certainly increased prayer in the Taggart household. The zip line remained throughout the time we were there and only came down as we departed to come home.
After the zip line came the finishing touch. Joseph saw on the floor of a second hand store in Bristol a gigantic 8'X12'American Flag. He rescued it for a pittance. By finding an old scaffolding pipe and webbing with rachets, he managed to create a flagpole from the top of the tree, to which he secured the huge flag. I was visible from several miles away. It was the topic in many neighborhood discussions we're sure. We thought you'd enjoy the photos of the creative climber and patriotic pennant-planter this week.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah yes, the zip line! I remember it well. It was great fun until once day Joseph had me go on it only to have me hanging over the pond to go and get eggs to throw at me. Luckily 'Mom' Taggart was was home and thought it odd that Joseph was getting eggs. The good old days! Wish we could be at the reunion, we'll be thinking of you all.
Lots of Love,

Mar 19, 2007, 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger TORNER said...

ja, ja, ja Deffinitly this idea it seems like a Joe idea, some day I may tell something about the Muller Road flat in Bristol, the Isle of man, ....

You can not think about the mission home without thinking about the huge tree and Joseph.

I won't be at the reunion, but I'll think on you.

Mar 19, 2007, 11:49:00 AM  

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