The Next Step

The Next Step

Briley Hostas is ready to start the next chapter in her recovery.
With her socks stretched tight and velcro shoes snug on her feet, it was time for five-year-old Briley Hostas to do what kids her age should be doing in the summer, having fun

"I have to go back to dance class one of these days," said Briley, "and my ballet is called the 'True Love'."

Just a few months ago, ballet class was the last thing the Hostas family was thinking about.

In May Briley, her brother Bryson, and their grandmother were on their way to meet up with the Alicia Hostas, Briley and Bryson's mom.

Their suburban was struck by a semi.

The children's grandmother and Alicia's mother, Gloria, was killed.

Briley broke both her femurs, and her pelvis.

But after 10 weeks of recovery, Briley's better.

"Momma forgot my walker, and I was in the chair and I and she said 'come over here to me' and I walked without my walker without falling!" exclaimed Briley, as she recounted the first steps she took on her own in months.

And she's not just walking, she's gone fishing too.

"When I was fishing, I was digging into some real worms," said Briley, smiling ear to ear.

"It just sent chills up my spine, seeing her walk like that," said John Hostas, Briley's dad.

He said seeing his little girl walk again reminded him of her first steps as a baby.

"It's awesome," he explained, "Alicia called me that day and was like 'Briley's Walking!'

"I was working that day," John continued, "so [Alicia] brought Briley to the office and Briley comes walking in, and I just couldn't have been more proud of her."

Now that she can get around on her own, Briley has decided she's done using wheelchairs and walkers (she made her parents put the walker in storage).

And she's ready for her next big step.

"I'm going to start kindergarten in the fall," said Briley.

As fate would have it, Alicia Hostas teaches kindergarten at Seymour Elementary, and Briley will be one of her newest students.

The young family said it's another in a long line of blessings they've received, as Briley keeps moving forward.

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