Welcome to Quattro per Venerdì, the Italian edition of Four for Friday. As mentioned in my last post, Jon and I just returned from Italy where we visited Joel and Mallory. Instead of giving you a post of all the things you might expect to see from a trip to Italy*, I thought I would … More Quattro per Venerdì!
For a few magical hours Friday night, Jon was a king. For one night, he was in a place where his disability didn’t make him a minority, but instead, raised him up to shine. Friends, you know I have no loyalty to any sports teams or athletes. I choose who I’m rooting for based on … More Shine.
The funny thing about the future, at least for me, is I tend to treat it as an impossibility. When Jonathan was little, and his end-of-July birthday rolled around, as it inevitably would, I’d say to him, “How old are you going to be, 25?” To which sometimes I’d receive a pudgy cheeked smile accompanied … More How Old Are You, 25?
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 … More SONJ, 2017
One of my favorite days in the year is soon approaching: World Down Syndrome Day! This is the day we come together to raise awareness globally and to support the rights, well-being, and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome. I’ve shared before what this day and Down syndrome mean in my life, but now I have … More Jonny is My Hero
We did not celebrate Halloween in the home I grew up in. We did the whole ‘Harvest Celebration’ substitution that certain Christian homes subscribe to. Somewhere during the time when I was already an adult and my younger two brothers were still teens, the word Halloween was allowed to be mentioned. And then, all hell … More Readying for Halloween
Experience is the best way to understanding. So I will tell you of an experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world because of the understanding it has given me. I am fortunate to have grown up with a brother who has Down syndrome. While it’s hard to accurately convey what I mean by this, … More World Down Syndrome Day, 2016
Exactly one month from today, I will celebrate the fifth anniversary of my 25th birthday. I’m totally excited about it, can’t you tell? September is perhaps the worst possible month to celebrate a birthday, especially for a child. Despite how put together most teachers may outwardly appear during that first day of school, ask them … More Birthdays, aka, Your Wonderful Life
The East Coast has something that not only makes it better than all other coasts (I’m looking at you West Coast), but also better than all other time zones. If you’re an East Coaster…you’ve probably already guessed it. If you aren’t, let me introduce you to the wonder that is Wawa. At least in Jersey, … More The Addictive Nature of Wawa Hoagies