Special Brothers

Special Brothers

I volunteer on a parents council for our local children’s hospital and a little while ago, during a brief tour of some new outpatient facilities, I met two young men. Over the course of the two hours I had the opportunity to observe these boys and that was it, I had to share a piece of what I saw that day. Through the local support groups I was able to track down their mother, Jodi, and first, compliment her on what an amazing job she must be doing with her boys! Then second, ask her if I can share a little bit about them here. What did I see that I had to share? I almost can’t even capture it here, you almost just need to see them in action, but I am going to try. The younger brother, Jacob is 14 and confined to a wheelchair. He has the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis as well as Cerebral Palsy. It is clear that physically he is very challenged but other than that, Jacob sounded to me to be an otherwise very typical, funny, excited, 14 year old boy. His brother Brendon is 16 and just got his driver’s license (he even pulled out his wallet to prove it!). What is so special about these brothers that  gives me my signature “cry eyes” when I think about it? They absolutely, 100%, exuded love for each other. Brendon was as nurturing as a parent typically is to their child to his younger brother. I saw it from the start. When they wheeled up, Jacob was given a hard hat to put on,...