Cliff was a 7 year old deaf boy in foster care. He was in a court proceeding for adoption. There were 6 children in his new family. Grandpa had bought all the kids fishing poles and gear, and their mother took them on a camping trip. Their father couldn't go because he had to work.
Cliff had never had a father before and was so happy that he had a father now, but he was very sad that his dad couldn't go with them. The children all had a wonderful time, and before they started home their mother stopped at a ranch where she had reservations for a morning horse ride. Cliff was not allowed to go because he was too small, and the trail boss said he couldn't hear the instructions. The other kids said they could sign to him, but the boss said "NO". Cliff cried as the other kids rode off, but one of the cowhands lifted him up and put him on a pony, and led him around the corral. Now Cliff was smiling. He showed Cliff how to use a lasso, how to get the pony to back up, and Cliff was sitting up straight in the saddle and thought he was a real cowboy.
As the other children returned around the bend of the trail, Cliff was so excited for them to see how well he had learned to handle the horse. Everyone was excited and happy to share stories. As the cowhand lifted Cliff off the pony to join the others, he gave Cliff his cowboy hat. Cliff wouldn't share. Not even so much as a touch. All the way home he held the hat on his head and smiled. Everyone was mad. They made comments like, "He is such a greedy person", and "He is such a jerk".
When they got home they all jumped out of the van and ran to tell Daddy all the wonderful things they had done. Cliff ran to him and Daddy picked him up. He took the hat and placed it on Daddy's head and signed, "I'm sorry you didn't get to go, I missed you.".