Within a few days two milestones will pass. A day after Ben's eleventh birthday this blog will reach its fourth anniversary. I look back upon those four trips around the sun and think about the families I have met. Folks have allowed me (literally at times) into their homes, their stories, their passions, their blessings, and of course their sorrows. At the same time those same folks have hopefully gained an occasional smile from gazing at Ben's infectious toothy grin or have learned about the hardships exceptional families endure or more importantly, have experienced a little bit of that unconditional love that we hold so dearly in our arms each day.
This past week I have "met" another father that may indeed be more tenacious than I in the care and well-being for his son. In something that is very common for those of us who write blogs, Eric left a comment after one of my entries. And like most of you I found this an opportunity to scamper off and invite myself to read the pages of Eric's blog, the chronicles of his personal journey. For some reason I consider this to be some sort of cosmic gift to commemorate the two upcoming dates.
The past few days I have made myself familiar with Eric's story and his obvious deep love for his son, Segev. I would highly encourage our regular readers to become followers of them as well. In the world of special needs parenting it is quite impossible to determine which family has the more difficult job of caring for their loved one - it is never an "apples to apples" comparison. But I do find Eric to be unusually courageous, a deep thinker, and a terrific writer. I found this post particularly inspirational and a good place to start. I plan to return to it often.
By the way, I chose the particular photo of Segev because Ben has the same version of Pluto which he is quite fond of. My hope is that Eric and I get to meet one day, break bread together, and share wonderful stories about our sons' good health.