Shakespeare

Bryan imitating Richard the III at the Friday evening performance. Bryan's love for all things Shakespeare was introduced and continues to be nurtured by his aunt and uncle. Thirty years ago they created the Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company in Johnstown, PA. Bryan has attended many of the summer productions in the park. Twice he…

Vacation

Bryan's beach setup is complete with flags and a salute. Bryan lives for our summer vacation week in Avalon, New Jersey. He has spent this shore week with his family for forty years, ever since he was a tiny three-month-old, snuggled up under a beach umbrella in his little portable crib. As Bryan grew, each…

Eagle

Bryan saying the Scout Oath as he receives his Eagle Scout Award. The world of Scouting is perfect for Bryan's personality. He is very goal oriented, concrete in thinking, and very driven to achieve those goals to make us (and himself) proud. Two weeks ago, we were privileged to have Bryan's story briefly mentioned on…

Freedom

Bryan with Founding Fathers Ben and George in Philadelphia. The Fourth of July is always a favorite holiday of Bryan's. It amazes me that he grasps abstract concepts like "freedom" better than some adults I know. He came to our family picnic Sunday clad in red, white and blue Phillies gear, laden with all sorts…

Brother-in-law

Bryan and Kevin share a beer at the Highland Games Saturday. Bryan never had a brother. Until now. When his sister, Amy, married Kevin Perry, Bryan gained a friend and a brother. In the five short years they have known each other, a special bond has developed between them. Kevin's kind, caring, quiet ways encourage…

Cousin

Bryan and Jessie climbing trees together. Best buddies! Bryan's favorite girl cousin was tragically killed three and a half years ago. Her 38th birthday would have been tomorrow. One of the most difficult things I ever had to do in this life was tell my son that his cousin had died at the hands of…

Dad

Ed and Bryan "hanging out". Bryan and his dad, Ed, share such a bond forged at birth. As a new mother with a special needs baby, I could not have hoped for a more supportive, loving partner. In fact, our relationship deepened and grew even more-so after Bryan was born. There was no squeamishness at…

BFF

Bryan dancing with his best friend, sister Amy, at her wedding. Bryan's best friend was born on June 10, 1984. She has been and continues to be the most influential person in Bryan's life. Bryan was a very caring big brother from the get-go. He and baby sister would roll around on the colorful patchwork…

Joie de vivre

The weather didn't dampen Bryan's spirits this past weekend! As a "last hurrah", Bryans roommate planned a trip this past weekend with Bryan to go to Boston before he moves out of the apartment in mid-June. The itinerary was jam-packed with events mutually chosen by the two of them. I was concerned about Bryan's stamina.…

Patriotism

Bryan at the Newtown Memorial Day Parade, May 31, 1990. age nine. The definition of "patriotism" is : "Devotion to and vigorous support for one's country" (Oxford Languages). Based on that definition, Bryan is a true patriot. He has shown that devotion from a young age. Parade attendance on Memorial Day and the Fourth of…