I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness. Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.
This week my son, Andrew, will turn 41. Andrew has lived in a health care facility for the better part of the last 15 years. He is a quadriplegic and has a major brain injury that causes him to be unable to communicate his needs or desires.
For the last 15 years Dom and I have visited Andrew weekly bringing him a nonnutrious lunch filled with all the junk food you do not get a health care facility.
When I went to see Andrew on Saturday I found him unable to eat or drink and mostly unresponsive to stimulus. This week is always difficult for our family because his birthday. To find Andrew in such condition, I am afraid, pushed me over the edge to grief and tears.
I am thankful for the loving health care workers who recognized my pain and did everything in their power to try to alleviate it. I am thankful for their concern and care for not only Andrew but our family.
Thirteen years ago the Andrew I knew and loved stopped existing. In his place I was given a new Andrew who I also love very much.
Many of you follow me because of Andrew and I know would like to have news of him. So, today for the first time in 13 years, I am posting a picture of him.
As you can see, there is still that certain Andrew smile and spark in existence. I hope you can get past the sadness and probably horror this picture makes you feel and really look at the smile on his face. If you ever have a minute, please stop in and visit him. When I mention his friend’s names, his face lights up.