THE BLIND SIDE
HUMAN SERVICES SENIOR LEADERSHIP
1. After a late night Thanksgiving school play, Leigh Anne notices Michael walking on the road, shivering in the cold; when she learns he intends to spend the night huddled outside the school gym, she offers him a place to sleep at her house. The next morning, when she sees Michael leaving, she asks him to spend the holiday with her family. Slowly, Michael becomes a member of the Tuohy family, even as Leigh Anne's rich friends wonder what she is doing. One even suggests that her teenage daughter Collins is not safe around him, much to Leigh Anne's disgust. Leigh Anne Tuohy first action was taking Michael off the streets, she took such an interest because she saw a boy that had doubt, sorrow and despair in his eyes. Leigh Anne’s interaction is so intense because it is something that you would not see every day. The broken heart of Michael and the pure heart of Mrs. Tuohy show two different worlds coming together to give Michael a place of comfort. With this intense relationship Michael gets to know Mrs. Tuohy as a mother, guardian, but as a friend. She noticed that Michael was in need of a partnership and took action and saw his potential no matter what he looked like and his personality. She took this interest not for herself because she wanted to help and give him that spark of hope to do great things.
2. Leigh Anne was offended by the insulation that her high class friends made was because this was what she has strived for and is it not that your friends are the ones that are supposed to support you? Right when Leigh Anne’s friends heard this they became restricted in such a way it is somewhat disturbing on how stuck up one can is when they think they have everything. Michael Oher completed the family, the Tuohy family was home more, they actually ate thanksgiving together and each member played a role in helping Michael succeed in his life. Leigh Anne’s friends did not see “a different prayer,” they saw a foolish plan and that they were in danger that Michael will steal or even sexually assault Collins.
3. through their kindness and compassion, Michael begins to blossom not just as a football player but as a person. Because of his brutally violent childhood, his natural tendency is to provide protection to those around him. "Protective instinct" is identified as one of his character traits. This makes him a natural fit for left tackle on the offensive line. His coaches (with a little sideline help from Leigh Anne) mold him into an imposing presence on the football field. Leigh Anne never took any crap from anyone, Michael scored in the 98th percentile for protective instincts, and when he is shown how he is cared by people and that they are his family this really shines. Michael and his childhood did not meet in the middle, his childhood consumed him and when he is scared he shuts down, not knowing what to do or he is simply doing it wrong. When Leigh Anne calms him down and shows him that his team is there for him he becomes an excellent football player because it is like yin and yang, his team helps him he protects them. Also when Michael and S.J. are in the car accident the airbag diploes in less then a second, and Michael still seems to stop the airbag from striking S.J. straight on. His Protective instincts are so high he can see what is going to happen before it even happens and his reactions are quick in case of emergency. Michael’s protective instincts shine through when he is in a comfortable environment ore when someone he loves is being threatened or in danger. Leigh Anne showed Michael this in a way that only a mother knows how because all mothers have that touch no matter how big their son gets.
4. Jocelyn Granger is very suspicious of Michael because Michael picked the University of Mississippi; this is where Mr. and Mrs. Tuohy both went to school and also they make large donations too. Jocelyn thought...
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