41

"So, Bryan, how does it feel to be one year older?" asks Grandma. , the 101-year-old. "What is your name, 41?" ...a classic line we use from time to time with Bryan, stolen from one of his favorite movies, "Ben Hur" with Charlton Heston. Now, it's apropos. He turned 41 on Friday, the 13th, and…

Mother’s Day

Bryan showing his nephew his gold Special Olympics medals It was the second time Bryan was with his nephew, Finley, since his birth. Such a difference two months makes! As Uncle Bry jingled the shiny gold medals at Finn, he was riveted to the color and the sound. Already I could tell a difference in…

Back

Track is back once again. It's been three years of virtual meets - of sending scores in to an unknown entity and competing against no one. Today was the first local meet of Bucks County Special Olympics Track and Field competition held at Council Rock North's football field since 2019. The number of athletes was…

Easter 2

Bryan playing "Christ the Lord is Risen today" Last Easter you may remember Bryan crafting his own Eastertide service which he shared via video with Rev. Tim Craven of Lancaster County. This year he celebrated with us in a different way. Mom and dad have been singing with an Episcopalian church choir throughout the pandemic,…

Holy Week

Notes for research On my birthday last week, Bryan asked me after dinner, "What are the Bible verses about Maundy Thursday?" When I tried to dig deeper into what he was looking for, he said that he wanted to know where the Maundy Thursday story was in all four of the gospels. So, I trudged…

Uncle

The first meeting of Uncle Bryan and Finley Bryan Perry. Several years ago, Bryan expressed to me his desire to become a father someday. It broke my heart to think that dream would probably never be realized. But now (thanks be to God!) Bryan has become an uncle. On March 10, 2022, Finley Bryan Perry…

Listening

A strong bond! I remember two quotes posted on my seventh grade science teacher's walls : "Many look, few see" and "Many hear, few listen." They've stuck with me for many years. Bryan is good at truly listening and remembering things many of us would have forgotten long ago. He dredges things up from the…

Sanibel Memory

We have just returned from our annual pilgrimage to Sanibel Island in Florida, our Happy Place - the coveted yearly trip for just the two of us. While we were there, I was reminiscing about a time several years ago where it was not as enjoyable initially. In fact, it was downright tough at first.…

Advocacy

Bryan with roommate Glenn at Longwood Gardens. Two weeks ago our local newspaper's headline editorial piece read : "Pa.'s most vulnerable need our help". It featured some stories of families across Pennsylvania who we would deem "in crisis" due to chronic underfunding of state-contracted non-profit organizations that provide much needed support to those who cannot…

Valentine

The love of a son! I sat in my chair in the cold family room, bundled in an afghan - a lump of isolated pandemic depression. I'm not good in a normal year in mid-winter. Seasonal Affective Disorder grabs ahold of me and won't let go. And it was Valentine's Day. My husband had worked…