Thanksgiving

Mr. Pilgrim Bryan - ready to tuck into Grandma's Thanksgiving Feast. Thanksgiving is one of Bryan's favorite holidays, next to Christmas. Eating delicious food is high on his list. Eating mass quantities of food is, as Bryan would say, "Even MORE better"! Thanksgiving is the perfect storm. Last year was an exception to the rule…

Dichotomy

Bryan's dining room table. Bryan has always been a study in contrasts. When he was little, he couldn't decide if he wanted to be a devil or an angel for Halloween. A soldier or a clown. I recently dropped him off to his apartment after a doctor's appointment to find a messy, but telling display…

Veterans

Bryan lovin' life at the World War II weekend in Reading. Bryan has always had a healthy respect for all those in military service. He knows that his Grandfather Johnson served as an Army Chaplain and that his Grandad Gordon (whom he never met) was a Navy Lieutenant, both serving in World War II. When…

B.C.C.S.

Bryan is our biggest "clapper and cheerer" - here seen with Mom, Dad, Grandmother and "Sis" after a concert. By now, as a blog reader, you know that Bryan loves music and enjoys singing himself. Perhaps that is because he comes from a musical family. Ever since he was a tike, Bryan was always by…

Halloween

Just clowning around. Ever since he was able to walk, Bryan has loved Halloween. Oh, it could have been the mountains of candy he would score going around the neighborhood with Dad. He and his sister would always return home and compare "candy notes", trading back and forth until their stash would be comprised of…

Health

Dr. Bryan helps his teddy bear feel better. "If you have your health, you have everything", as the saying goes. Mahatma Gandi is quoted as saying: "It is health that is the real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver." Last week I blogged about Bryan's financial woes. When put in "Gandian" perspective, this…

Money

Demonstrating the setup of a recent purchase. 1 Timothy 6:10 states that the love of money is the root of all evil. Not that having money itself is bad - it's in the LOVING of it - the obsession with it - where we go wrong. Life with Bryan is not always roses and sunshine…

Awareness

Crossing the finish line at this week's Local Meet, mask in hand. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Begun in the 1980's, it has been recognized every October since its inception. The Special Olympics website highlights this month with this statement: "Practice inclusion during Down Syndrome Month and all year long." Oh, how I wish…

Covid-19

Happy hour with Dad in Avalon, Bryan's Happy Place. We are so blessed to be able to gather as a family both at home and on vacation. Covid 19 has certainly been a trial when gathering together this past year and ten months. Last Thanksgiving was not the same with so many family members absent…