In the early 90’s, Ray and I flew from Connecticut to explore moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. After a delightful week spent with family in Sonoma, investigating pre-K programs, reserving a PO box, and exploring the local scene, we headed back to SFO. We reveled in the fresh Bay air by lowering all the windows as we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge.
When we pulled our rental car alongside the toll-booth (this was before FasTrak days), the toll taker cheerily informed us that our fee had been paid by the person just ahead of us! How I still recall that rush of joy – the feeling, really, of synchronicity – not at the $3 gift, but at some almost-magical sense of connection with others. Coming to California was clearly the right move to make!
A similar feeling of bonding to the larger fabric of a supportive community, unbounded by geographical constraints, has graced our family over these last couple of very challenging years.
It has been quite a journey for the four of us, and it helps beyond measure to know that we have a larger team joining us. As you have read in Theo’s descriptive blog posts, he has recently made substantial progress in regaining his motor skills through focusing on Pilates-influenced stabilizing exercises. The resulting growth of independence has been invigorating for him and we are thrilled that his efforts with near-constant therapies have enabled such advances. We are committed to facilitating his exclusive focus on recovery.
In so many ways, we feel like explorers on this path; we had no idea what was possible or what the interval would be for restorative changes to occur. Theo’s been keenly anticipating the time when he will return to study at MIT, even more so having just now visited the campus (see one photo here) and he’s been re-inspired by its scintillating lab activity and intensely-academic environment. His desire to return is a huge motivator, yet he knows it only makes sense to do so when he is again strong and independently-mobile. Thanks to your contributions, he can afford to continue focus on attaining those goals.
The many acts of kindness we’ve received have been so varied. Sometimes they are heartfelt reflections from acquaintances or strangers, and other times it is simply the timing of a few encouraging words that makes for a special gift. The cheery (and newsy!) notes to us, the assistance with logistics, the generous contributions through our tax-deductible fund at HelpHopeLive in support of Theo's therapies, and your well-wishing in many unique forms, all bolster us in the healing effort.
We toast to you, our extended family, friends, therapists, drivers, helpers and strangers, for your magnanimous and gracious participation in this beautiful, tightly-woven and caring community.
While we are regularly filled with gratitude, it is in this season especially that we express our sincere thanks to all of you.