Jared Goes to High School
Because of constant ear problems Jared could not hear, normally, the
first three years of his life. A doctor told mom and dad that because of
infections, due to allergies, Jared was hearing like he was underwater.
Jared became a very physical child. When he wanted something he would
take mom or dad, or his older siblings by the hand, and point, along with
some mumbling attempt to communicate. His parents were relieved that
Jared, around his third birthday, had little tubes placed in his ears in
a half hour operation. Soon after the operation, Jared went to
High School… for Speech Therapy before he went to Kindergarten.
Mom wasn't worried, but to keep the staff from having a heart attack she
made a quick trip to the school and by the time she got there he was down,
but he had a smile on his face, like he was glad that he had scared so
many people by just one easy stunt. To our knowledge none of his teachers
suffered any long term effects or heart attacks, but they did watch Jared
a lot closer after that.
|One day, while at The Little Peoples
Program at Paradise High School, Jared decided to climb to the top of the
school's rod iron fence, which was over ten feet tall. The teachers
had just received Jared as their new student and were in a panic when they
called his mom because they could not get him to come down.
No doubt he was laughing at their attempts to do so.
Because we lived in a busy neighborhood, Jared was confined to the
backyard. Since the family couldn't afford a guardhouse, once in
awhile, when he was a toddler, Jared did managed to escape. When
Jared was potty training sometimes he wouldn't wait for mom to change his
diaper and so he took the initiative himself, but most of the time his
diapering job fell off, and I'm sure he was saying, "Oh well, that's not
going to keep me from having fun".
One day Jared escaped out the front door, naked. Some nice lady
driving down the road saw him, stopped her car and brought him back to
the front door. Jared had no shame, just a little crooked smile.
Mom didn't laugh. It's very difficult to tell a toddler about the
dangers of running naked on the sidewalk, but those efforts became clear
when Jared got a swat on his bare bum. Years later this story was
something we all laughed at.
Jared on a skateboard
Jared waiting for his turn at T-Ball
Riding the Ramps
Jared learned to ride his sisters bike. That really bugged Tara
because she was still learning to ride her bike and she was older and wiser.
It was hard to ride a bike on the grass but it was not long before Jared
was inventing "ramps". Soon Jared was riding over boards and tables
and whatever else he could find. Most of the time he managed to stay
on the trail of garbage and he rarely fell off. Jared loved to go
to the park where his bike riding skills were more refined.
The Tonka Truck
Jared lived in Phoenix Arizona until just before he turned 5 years
old. Then his dad got a better Job in Washington State and a big
move was made to Pasco. This was upsetting for everyone and especially
for Jared. But we found a big house with a big yard and most of all
Jared found a broken mashed tonka dump truck in the back yard. Now,
that really was exciting to him and all of a sudden everything was great
and Jared was home.
"Swim Kitty Swim!"
While moving form Arizona and visiting his Aunts house in Idaho, Jared
tried to teach a kitten to swim. In a little stream that ran in front
of Aunt Mary's house, Jared held the kitty under the water and while getting
scratched, told the kitty to, "Swim, kitty, swim".
Needless to say, his Mom had to give mouth to mouth resuscitation to
the kitten and she brought the kitty back to life.
More on Jared and
HEAR JARED'S VOICE - PLAY
- From an interview with Pasco School District investagators concerning
the assault. This is a recording of a recording and it isn't real
clear, but worth the download effort. Jared had a real mellow voice.
Note: If you have a slow load wav, wait for it to load entirely and then
play again from the start. 5 minutes long