Coach

Bryan and Coach in the early days. Bryan has participated in Special Olympics with the same coach now for some twenty to thirty years. She is known affectionately as "Coach Joan" and has been affiliated with Special Olympics in the United States since it's founding by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968. As an octogenarian, Coach…

Dreams

Uncle Bryan feeding nephew Finn for the first time. This past week the whole family traveled to Avalon, New Jersey to vacation together with the newest addition to the family - Finley Bryan. As Bryan calls him - "my namesake". Bryan wanted to give Finn his bottle shortly after we arrived. Finn cooperated pretty well,…

Church

Father Bryan Bryan would probably be comfortable in any church setting on a Sunday morning. He is a member of two congregations right now, neither of which he attends physically. I think he misses it. Covid put a stop to that for two-plus years. This past Sunday, I played at an Episcopal church in Doylestown.…

Unconscionable

Full and empty water bottles clog Bryan's deck at his apartment. Last week we had our obligatory monthly monitoring meeting for Bryan live at his apartment - the first time since the pandemic began. Yes, we have been there at Bryan's place in the past two years, but the blinds to the deck area have…

Grange

Always a ride favorite - the Ferris wheel with Dad! The Middletown Grange Fair has been around for seventy-four years. Bryan has been going annually since he was a wee toddler. Remembering that he hadn't been able to go in two years because of the pandemic, Bryan started his "When are we going to the…

New Job

Bryan looking underwhelmed in the break room at work. As was hinted at last week, Bryan began a new job on Monday, July 25th at Ann's Choice retirement community. He was to have started at the end of June, but a whole month passed with several hold ups along the way. First, his Supports Coordinator…

Avalon

Bocce boys at the beach Avalon, New Jersey is Bryan's happy place. Mine, too. For weeks before our vacation, he bugs me to send him his Avalon List of things to pack for our week together. The suitcase is ready to go a few days before we leave. The folding/packing is not the neatest, but…

Singing 2

This is part two of the 'singing saga' - performance #1 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. In order to perform in the "Voices of Excellence" program sponsored by The Conservatory, students must audition in front of a panel including teachers and the director of the facility. Bryan had dreamed that one day he would…

The Fourth

Must have traveling music on the Fourth of July! This Fourth we traveled to Reading for our annual family picnic together. Bryan was decked in his usual red, white and blue - sporting two glitzy flag pins on his flag t-shirt. Tacky, but he loved them. At this point, I don't worry about his presentation…

Singing

Bryan performing at the Kimmel Center - the SECOND time. Two weeks ago I posted about the sad news of The Conservatory closing, ending Bryan's long tenure of music therapy and lessons there. As I reminisced about the special experiences he had while a student there, my thoughts went to his two live performances held…