I love coming home. Not so much for the familiarity, certainly not for the routine (there has never really been one), to me home is the refuge where the ones we love support and encourage us, visibly and invisibly. This community is one that understands the importance of the give-and-take on a team.
The events of the last year and a half have tried the four of us in myriad ways, forced us to confront obstacles of which we had never conceived, face decisions we never thought would be ours to make. Throughout this harrowing time, I have remained perennially impressed by the tenacity Theo has shown in his approach to recovery and heartened by the unflagging dedication of our parents. In a broader sense, too, it is because of you, Theo’s community spread widely in space but closely knit in spirit, that we have maintained the strength of our dedication to Theo’s recovery efforts from the outset of this journey.
In hiking this path we are on, it is through all of your comments, each of your helping hands, that we have traveled as far and as high as we have.
As a brother who loves Theo with every part of my being, I thank you for your compassion, your support, and your well wishes toward him. From our family, we thank you for keeping the faith that Theo will – again – walk onto MIT’s campus and be able to choose for himself the life that he finds fulfilling, the life where severe bodily limitations in his past do not impede his explorations of the physical and intellectual wonders that surround us.
I am enormously encouraged by Theo’s already manifested progress, and so too by his enduring, positive approach to the possibilities that lay before him now, and those that are yet to come in the New Year. I stand with all of you in applauding Theo’s inspired efforts so far. I stand to thank you for supporting our family in the countless ways you have. I rise in anticipation of the day when Theo and I embrace once again, eye-to-eye, standing.
I love coming home.
Adrian St. Francis