. . . my nephew, DANNY MOYER!
The son of my older sister, Linda, Danny has severe cerebral palsy and has been in a nursing home since he was around 2 years old. We don't get to see Danny much because he gets too excited/upset and goes into seizures ... so we are limited in our visits. In fact, his father who is his primary parent is only allowed 2 visits a month.
My sister called me on Saturday and asked if I would go with her this week to see Dan ... so that's what I did yesterday. It's still very difficult for her to visit him alone and feels more comfortable when I'm there too! That's fine with me because then I too get to visit with Danny ... otherwise, I may not be allowed. Guess I'm kind of a comforting cushion between my sister and her son ... and I'm okay with that.
It just so happened that my granddaughter was able to join us for lunch before heading over to the nursing home and came along to MEET her cousin for the first time. Morgan is VERY good with special needs people and Danny warmed up to her right away!! It was a very sweet moment when he made eye contact with Morgan and you could feel their connection!
At times it was difficult to get photos of Danny ... he can't/doesn't respond to your requests so ... we all came down to his level and talked to him when he wasn't feeling up to sitting up. It turned out to be a very comfortable, warm visit and my sister was pleased to be able to introduce her new fiance' to her son.
Dan will be 38 years old on March 16th and we pray he will have many more birthdays ahead. His life expectancy is of course shorter than normal due to his illness ... but he has already surpassed that and we are blessed to have him as long as we can!
Thanks for letting me share this experience with you and remember to give your kids a big hug today and let them know you love them . . . they are all precious gifts that we sometimes take for granite.
I'll be back a little later with some crafting creations to share! Today is Midnight Madness day ... Joans Gardens Tag day ... Crafty Secrets challenge day ... and who knows what else I'll have for you! LOL! Happy Day Everyone!!