This post is a few days late. The past couple months have been so busy it is hard to get my personal blogs up.
So, to Drew - I am sorry your post is over due. But, I want to take the opportunity to say Happy Birthday, to You! (that is as good as my rhyming gets)
Drew is my nephew. He came into our lives as just a little guy, who at a very young age had already overcome many obstacles. I remember celebrating his first birthday. I have a picture of the two of us. It is from back in the day when pictures weren't really digital. They were printed and filed for later viewing... if you can find them. Well, I would love to have had that picture to put on here, but I can't find it. I can still see it in my head. Drew is in a cute red sweater, and I am in blue. I am tickling him to try to get him to smile for the camera. And, it worked. All these years later - that smile hasn't changed. It is big and beautiful. He has that same sparkle of wonderment and curiosity in his eye. Drew is lovable. And for those that meet him, love him.
Birthdays mark a milestone for everyone. To each person, it holds different significance. For Drew, it is just another day, like most kids. On his birthday he gets the cake, presents, and people to celebrate with. Drew doesn't realize the challenges he has overcome because it is just how his life has been. But, for those that have conquered the years past with him, his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and advocates - Drew's Birthday is special. It represents many, many victories. It is the birthday of a champion.
Next year, we will all reminisce about the past year and how far he has come - and each year after that, we will do the same. Drew continues to amaze us all, and will with each birthday.
Happy Birthday Drew!
We love you and are so proud of you!