* NO SUCH WORD AS CAN’T by Lois W. Stern

It’s easy to recognize dramatic acts of heroism, acts of great courage and selflessness. But what about the unsung heroes amongst us – the ones who think of themselves as absolutely ordinary while quietly living their lives with worthy acts of purpose. Enter Gerald and Sharon Bricker, for it is through them that their daughter Jennifer Bricker has reached unfathomable heights.

In 1987, Gerald and Sharon Bricker adopted their baby daughter Jennifer. Although they already had three biological sons, Sharon yearned for a daughter, a little girl she could dress in pink ruffles with trailing ribbons and bows. They adopted Jen, sight unseen, when she was 3 months old. She was a tiny baby, only 13 ½ inches long, but to Gerald and Sharon she was perfect.


Jen as a baby

Luck shone down on this infant from the moment she entered the Bricker household. She felt the unconditional love of her parents and three older brothers, all with solid values that helped her grow into the remarkable person she is today. As a young woman reflecting back on her childhood, Jen says with admiration:

They are amazing and they don’t even realize it, they are just good people. I don’t know how, but they always managed to handle each situation exactly the right way.


Jen with her parents, Mr. an Mrs. Bricker and friend Dave

From early on the Brickers told Jen that there was no such word as “can’t.” Instead they taught her how to go after the things she really wanted. With their guidance, Jen’s indomitable spirit and confidence soared. She vigorously dove into sports, meeting each challenge head on with confidence and the expectation of success. More often than not, she realized her dreams. Jen led a happy, rewarding life, playing softball, basketball and volleyball. But her passion was gymnastics. When she was 10, she won fourth place in the Amateur Athletic Union’s Junior Olympics in Hampton, Va., and was Illinois state power tumbling champion in her division.

Jen grew up idolizing popular gymnast Dominique Moceanu. It wasn’t just that the two girls shared a common Romanian heritage. They shared the same good looks: dark hair, sparkling eyes. ready smiles. Jen felt a magnetic attraction to Dominique, becoming her biggest fan. At fifteen years of age, Dominique was catapulted into the limelight as the youngest member of the “Magnificent Seven”, the U.S. gymnastics team that won gold at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. As she stood in line to receive her gold, the name Moceanu rang a distant bell. The Brickers quietly reopened the adoption papers they had signed years earlier. What it had taken them nine years to realize was that Dominique wasn’t just Jen’s idol — she was also her biological sister.

This story continues in Tales2Inspire™ ~


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About loiswstern

I was in education for just over 20 years when I unexpectedly pursued another passion and entered the world of authors and journalists. I have since published two non-fiction, full length books on different aspects of beauty, but also avidly endorse the confluence of Inner and Outer beauty. I have written feature articles for Long Island Beauty Guide and LI Woman, and have served as Editor-at-large for MakeMeHeal.com, the largest Internet site for plastic surgery and beauty needs. I enjoy researching what's new in the world of aesthetics & anti-aging and devote one of my blogs: www.FabulousBeautyBlog.wordpress.com to sharing cutting edge, hype-free information. I devote my second blog to my other passion: writing, collecting and sharing stories to warm the spirit and inspire the soul. To this end, I have created an 'Authors Helping Authors' project/contest, to create books for inspiration, the first of which is titled: Tales 2 Inspire ~ Beyond Coincidence. It is a jewel of a book, filled with inspiring stories and full color original photos and/or drawings. If you're a talented writer with one inspiring story to share, visit www.tales2inspire.com to learn how to participate. FREE to enter. All you need is the talent and perseverance to do so. Lots of positive platform building opportunities for the winners. Learn more at: www.tales2inspire.com.

Posted on May 21, 2013, in Tales2Inspire, Tales2Inspire Contest, TALES2INSPIRE WRTERS CONTEST, Words to Inspire and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I enjoyed your piece here (CAN’T). There is another phrase I’d like to diffuse in my next book. It’s the line “Writer’s Block”. I’m gonna pop that bubble too.

    “No Such Animal as Writer’s Block”, now that you have Me!

    “Out Behind the Barn”, “The Woods are Now Crawling with Them”, “Who Let Him Off the Hook?”, and “Don’t Let the Whine in You Ferment”, are all story titles that could lead into exciting tales in various genres. You could use any one of these to get the ball rolling for an adventure you want to share, and then add a new title later. The idea is to get the pen gliding across the paper, or the fingers clicking across the keyboard.

    The editor may change the title after he/she accepts your work, as many of them do. But until you get out of that bed you are in, and get outside and enjoy the world, or get some fresh air by moving around in your day, you will always experience blocks to your writing world. An object needs to be in motion before you can turn it anyway. Writer’s Block is a thought process – never a thing.

    You say, “But I don’t even have an office where I can get away to – to pen my pieces.” I don’t want to hear this kind of talk again. Take a folding chair along, and head down to the nearest stream. Now set up your office! Of course you will need your writing tools along. You could do what I do many mornings, create an office in our local donut shop. I have a special seat I always prefer in the corner of this shop. Many customers know who this writer is by now. Some ask about my writing and my books.

    Anywhere that is conducive to sitting, watching, and writing, will do nicely.

    Go down to the highway and sit along the side of the road, if the sound and sight of trucks and cars inspire you. If you are a car buff, this would be the perfect spot to set up camp for the day. Capture the noises, the smells, and the overall feel of those racing engines that will assist you in telling and showing your words to an audience of auto enthusiasts like yourself.

    Some writers find that they share their words best from high altitudes. Some of you must have a small hill near where you live that you can hike up and catch the surrounding sights. Now you can write in a panoramic view of the surrounding area, pulling many objects up close from far away. By your choice of words we feel like we are there with you in your writing.

    There is a small lake near where we live. There are benches set up all around its many sides. Sit and draw until a story begins to surface on the edge of the water. Maybe a sea serpent will show its face, and off you go into your scary tale of who knows what. Many a horror tale has been told about creatures in the water. So toss a small stone into the lake and watch it ripple out as your story begins to form.

    One day my daughter and I decided to go to our local Green Lakes State Park for a walk. We tossed pebbles in the water and captured the splash with our cameras. One of my next short stories began to unfold.

    Where eagles fly,
    Don (Greywolf) Ford
    My books on Amazon

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