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…

Patronizing

Bryan with a member of his "Team". If there is one thing Bryan has no time for, it is dealing with others who talk down to him with a patronizing attitude. From a very young age, Bryan has seemed to have a sixth sense about who genuinely knows and likes him for who he is…

Birthday-mates

Bryan and his grandma have spent forty years together celebrating their shared birthday. Tomorrow is a big day. My mom will be turning 100. Bryan will be 40. Remembering back forty years ago, I recall secretly hoping that my first child would arrive on my mother's birthday. It would be her first grandchild. Mom had…

Speech

Bryan after nailing his latest job interview. Bryan has had speech therapy for most of his life. Even as a newborn in his Early Intervention program, receptive and expressive language skills were measured and goals set. It always seemed that when gross motor growth occurred, language development took a back seat. And then the reverse…

Special Olympics

Special Olympics athlete oath: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." (Spoken by all athletes prior to competition".) This fall, Bryan was the PA Special Olympics "poster child" on PASO's fundraising Facebook page. (See picture above.) For thirty-two years Bryan has participated in Special Olympics, beginning at age…