THE LADY IN THE PARK

As she sat alone on the park bench, Eloise folded her arms together to stay warm. She was glad she had worn her sweater because the breeze had picked up slightly and the late afternoon sun was temporarily obscured by clouds. Autumn had always been her favorite season. The heat of summer finally receded and … Continue reading THE LADY IN THE PARK

THE LAST DAY

For fourteen years Sharon’s beautiful daughter had been successfully employed at a large discount retailer, but now that was coming to a heartbreaking end. During that time the two of them had always made sure they ate breakfast together, and this morning was no different. Usually, they talked about what Patricia’s day would be like, … Continue reading THE LAST DAY

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE

For seven human beings and their families, Friday, August 29, 2014, would be a long hot summer day unlike any other.   Daniel McConnell was a 53-year-old financial advisor, married for 28 years with two sons and a daughter. In 1998 he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. His kidneys had begun to fail 36 … Continue reading A CELEBRATION OF LIFE

FADING AWAY

Jim Haley pushed the doorbell for the third time and guessed correctly that his sister was not wearing her hearing aids. He waited for a couple of seconds and then rapped forcefully on the door. After a few more moments he finally heard noise from inside. Slowly the door was unlocked and opened slightly. Jim … Continue reading FADING AWAY

BEST FRIENDS

We all know how important friendship is. It adds so much to our lives that its absence creates unending loneliness and hardship. But is friendship any less important for those with developmental disabilities? Is it any less real, any less valuable or any less appreciated? The following story illustrates the need and desire to have … Continue reading BEST FRIENDS