A Team of Stocktons

Who helps you out? Whether you’re sighted or not, with the big things or the little things, everyone needs some help sometimes. Everyone should have a John Stockton.

Wait, what?

Okay, I realize you might not know him. He’s not really a global, pop culture icon. If you don’t remember Mr. Stockton, he’s the tenacious athlete who earned the most career assists and steals in the NBA. He’s retired, yet still holds records. He led his team by logistics, simple passes, and making 80% of his free throws. Other players described him as selfless in his assists. He passed the basketball off his long fingers, executed thousands of picks, played like an endurance athlete. In it for the long haul.

Kinda sounds like my husband, reliable and consistent, running interference with ease. He offers assistance to me constantly. “I’m here to help,” is a common phrase I hear from him. He’s swell, but he’s probably squirming under his salty exterior right now reading this.

People like my husband give me the support I need to thrive despite my vision impairment. Many of my friends and family members are likenesses of Mr. Stockton, too. I’m not an island; I realize the power of offered help and accept it thankfully. Except when I’m stubbornly independent as all of my Stocktons know well. There are times when I need to do it myself. Resilience and independence work like Karl Malone and John Stockton, better together.

So, who is the John Stockton in your life?

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa says:

    I’m quite stubbornly independent, to my own detriment sometimes, but my immediate family unit is so supportive. My husband’s supportive in a quiet way, and my kids are so quick to help it’s incredible. Especially for teenagers! 😉

    1. Helpful teenagers? A miracle!

  2. Trisha says:

    I’m glad you’ve got supportive friends and family. My husband is my John Stockton. My kids are getting a little better but they’ve got a long way to go before they could be called helpful!

    1. Another husband is a Stockton! Good choice, Trisha.

  3. johnmill79 says:

    I think all of my assisters are online. Haha, well I do like the fact that I have very helpful neighbors around here. If there’s gonna be a weather event of some sort, they’ll pound on my door to make sure I have food and such.

    1. Stocktons are everywhere, even online!

  4. Not sure whether its the spirit of the Quaker founders of my neighbourhood 150 years ago bit I couldn’t have better neighbours. And they have skills which they share. Only yesterday my immediate neighbour set up my new printer with a large icon I can see. I can now scan and enlarge. Makes all the difference!

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