9/11

He stood rigidly at attention in front of the flickering glow of the television Saturday morning. His right hand remained in a salute as he watched the pipe band and drums marching on the screen, the Ground Zero flag borne by first responders. As I watched him watching, I wondered what was going through his…

Labor

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson working together. Bryan loves to labor. He has ever since he was little. Ever eager to be with Mom in the kitchen cooking, cleaning, helping Dad with raking leaves, washing cars, making things in the workshop, and so on, Bryan has enjoyed being a helper, a laborer. When he was fourteen,…

Education

First week of school for little Bryan. This week marks back-to-school time for students in our area. Bryan attended school for many more years than the average student. We signed him up as a newborn for his first educational experience which began at four months of age. He was accepted into the Early Intervention Program…

Humor

Bryan pretending to be Igor (Eye-gor) from "Young Frankenstein". Bryan has a well-developed sense of humor. This weekend we were together in his apartment sorting through old kitchen utensils. He came across what looked like a large, blunt-ended meat fork. Grabbing it, he struck it against the corner of the sofa, then held it up…

Eagles

Bryan's 'press conference' at the Linc. Bryan loves his Eagles no matter what. The passion he shows for his team has been present for most of his life. Thursday Bryan and his cousin, Glenn, made their annual trek to the Linc to see a pre-season game. This one was against the Patriots. Glenn always allows…

# 6

Bryan waves outside his apartment door. August is a month of anniversaries for Bryan. He moved into this apartment ten years ago in August. He started his job at Marshall's two years ago in August. And it marks the start of a new relationship with roommate number six. The new roommate transition happened on Sunday,…

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…