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"Whisper words of wisdom... let it be."
Their mom met Max when Shannon was about seven years old, and he was a wonderful guy. The kids all loved him, and after he married their mom in a simple farm wedding, he adopted them and they all took his family name. Connie always had a passionate love for horses and was a successful equestrian rider. Max was a vet and they met when he came to tend to her horse one day when they thought he had been bitten by a snake. The love of animals was passed through all the kids, and they all rode like their mother. Max and Connie bought a farm with boarding stables in Leonia, New Jersey not long after their marriage, and the love of riding as a family continued right up until a terrible turn of events one day.
When Shannon was 14, he was hanging out with a group of girls who had horses boarded at the stables. One of them had a father who just purchased an unbroken horse, though she foolishly told Shannon he was broken and asked if Shannon wanted to ride him. Shannon did, and he knows how stupid the mistake was. He would know that for the rest of his life. The horse spooked and threw him, and he fell, breaking his back. Although he wasn't left paraplegic, he did lose the use of his legs from the knees down and lost the ability to walk and stand. Although he spent a long time in rehab with many, many hours of physical therapy, he was never able to regain the ability to walk and was left wheelchair-bound.
After that, Connie and Max decided to sell the horses they owned and just focused on owning the stables for other horse lovers to utilise. Connie became Shannon's full-time carer and when he recovered, began to homeschool him. Though, after losing her first husband in a terrible accident and almost losing her son, she became very overprotective and anxious, resulting in Shannon becoming a little stifled. He's sixteen now, and recovered, save for being able to walk, and is desperate to return to mainstream school so he can make friends and find normalcy in his life again. He loves music and plays piano beautifully, and also enjoys playing guitar.
Understandably, he's now very wary of being too close to horses. He still loves them, but tends to keep a barrier between him and the animal. Still living on the farm, he enjoys all sorts of animals, but he's limited in what he can do on the farm because getting around in the chair along farm terrain isn't always easy. He's a friendly guy, but does still have a tendency to get frustrated by his disability, especially when aware of what he can't do. He has been trying to talk his mom into letting him go back to a normal school, but it is a work in progress. He has two little nephews, his eldest sister's children, and adores being an uncle. At a crossroads in his young life, he's trying to figure out how he's supposed to find his way into adulthood with the incapacity without falling into the trap of fearing what he can't do and nurturing what he can.