Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Happy Birthday to a very special person
Happy birthday Ricky!
For those who don't know, Ricky is my younger brother who has Down's Syndrome. Rick just turned 40!!! Wow! Although I know we are all getting older, for some reason Rick should always be that cute little boy with that impish grin.
I remember when Rick first came from the hospital. I think he was about three weeks old. At seven years of age, I didn't have a great understanding of why he was so special. My mom expained to me, at the time, that he was special because he had two fingers that were webbed together, and he was cross-eyed. I would bring my friends home and show them my "special" brother and his webbed fingers.
As we got older, I began to realize just how special he was ... not because of his disability, but because of how loving and happy he was.
He has had a huge impact on me and the person I became, and I know that each of my brothers and sisters feel the same.
Yesterday I went and picked Ricky up (he now resides in a group home) and I brought him home to my house for the night. He soaked up all the attention that he got from me. It was almost like we were small again and just hanging out and playing together. He spent the night and then at lunch time today I drove him back.
I really relish time like this that I can spend with him ... especially the quite moments like last night when it was just the two of us sitting on the couch watching TV. I know he relishes these moments too as he would reach over and hug me every so often.
Happy birthday Buddy! You look good for 40!