Today we have Cam with us. He is the main character in Suzanne Morgan Williams's book Bull Rider, and he is here to answer a few questions about himself.
Could you describe yourself for us?
I’m just a guy. I’m a good skater – better than Mike although he’ll say otherwise. And I’m pretty good on a bull I guess. What else? I like eating Grandma Jean’s cooking. And Salt Lick – I like it here.
What was it like growing up in the shadow of the well-known bull riders in your family?
It’s ok. Grandpa and Ben, they’re the best. I just didn’t want to go that route. I wanted something of my own, you know. But bull riding, it’s pretty addicting once you do it.
I know you probably get asked this a lot, but if you had to choose, would you rather skateboard or ride a bull? Why?
I’m still a skater. You don’t get over that and I can still carry my board under my arm to the Grange Hall. There’s no way I wouldn’t be a skater. But don’t ask which I like better. They’re different, and now that I’ve started, I’m thinking I be riding some more bulls.
How would you describe the rush you get from riding a bull?
It’s like nothing else. Well, maybe it’s like those downhill skiers you see on TV – but I’ve never done that, so I don’t know. You just get on and they let the bull go and the whole world is you hanging onto that rope and jamming down onto the bull’s back. It’s like those few seconds are forever. And then it’s done. Your heart’s going and you feel so – I don’t know – like you’re floating. But chances are your butt is hurting too. Did you understand that? I think you have to ride to really get it.
What is your favorite thing about your brother Ben?
He’s alive. And even though he’s changed since Iraq, he’s still Ben. He’s always looked out for me.
How is Ben doing these days?
He’s getting stronger. He’s working with Amy on the AI business and he goes for his therapy and rehab. He’s ok. It’s slow.
Is there a chance that you might discover you like Favi that way – as in, more than a friend?
Geez, Favi? She’s like my sister. That’s sick. OK, she’s not my sister and she is getting cute. I guess I could like her – if she wasn’t so annoying half the time. Ask me next year. Next question.
Is there any way that we can help wounded veterans like Ben?
There’s lots of ways. You can write letters or donate money or volunteer for Fisher House that puts up families like ours when their service person is wounded. Or help out the USO. They’re in all the airports, you know, doing stuff for the troops when they travel. You can fund raise for them or volunteer. They have a Wounded Warrior Program, and one for reading to troops’ kids, and all kinds of good stuff. For a list of places to send holiday cards, letters, to volunteer, or to get information about traumatic brain injury, go to www.suzannemorganwilliams.com open the Support Veterans link and then open the tabs on that page. Boy, it would mean a lot to me if you did that. Guys like Ben, they’ve given up a lot, and it helps just to know somebody’s thinking of them.
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