Hudson Wesley Scott is the name given to my first son, born July 30, 2001. At this time in my life it is fair to say that I wasn’t quite ready for all of the responsibility of parenting, nor had I positioned myself for it having just graduated from Purdue. That didn’t matter as it often doesn’t when new life comes along. Once he was born, it didn’t take long to fall in love with him and learn what he needed. Having been raised in a very loving home, I quickly learned what to do and had an incredibly supportive family around me for when I needed an assist.
Through his youngest years, he was a very busy baby. As soon as he was old enough to talk, it was what he spent a good bit of his time doing. The most inquisitive mind, wanting to understand everything about everything the first time that he heard of it. While sometimes it was exhausting to answer question after question, I quickly learned that he really and truly wanted to know and retained most of the things that he heard. After he got started in school, it was very apparent that the discovery had paid off, this kid was really really smart. Shortly after that it was also clear that he had a very loving heart. At a young age, he had an unusually strong passion for animals and improving human life. His interests as a young boy were to do anything that could make the world a better place. He wanted to cure cancer, he stopped eating meat because he didn't want animals to die for his benefit, at another point he wanted to be a brain surgeon so that he could save lives.
When spending time in our home, we focused on the family values that we were raised with, hard work and the importance of a loving family. He took an interest in football at a fairly young age and found quick success with a Superbowl victory and an undefeated season to start his career. He was always much bigger than the other kids his age but it took many years for him to put his heart aside and lay down a hit. A friend recently shared a story of a coach asking him why he wouldn’t tackle the other players, his response was that he knew what to do to the other team but he didn’t want to hurt anyone on his team. As he matured and grew, he continued to tower over his peers. He was in a size 13 shoe by the time he was 12 and had grown into a gentle giant. But as we often learn in today’s society, there were some that saw that as a weakness and chose to attack him for being bigger than most and being different. From social media posts, to youtube videos and even video games, he was consistently harassed to the point that he no longer felt happiness and had turned to a darker place for coping with his pain.