In case you are an occasional reader of my blog, here’s the background you need in order to understand this post:
- My youngest brother, Jonathan, has Down syndrome.
- He is one of my favorite people on earth.
- Jonathan, also known as Jon, Jonny, J-Bear, Jonny bo Bonny, Jonny Joo Joo, and more, is one of the best people you could ever meet.
- He has been swimming with Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) for over ten years.
The pictures I captured from this year’s summer games tell their own story. It’s one of joy, pride, and love.
Note the hint of a smile
Fun is primary, winning secondary
Reveling in the finish
Worn out after a busy morning
Pushing past it to give me a smile
Music makes us come alive
And also brings like creatures together
Hands down, favorite moment of the day
Oh wait, this one was pretty great, too
Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.
-Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath