Dan and his grandmother, Nancy Freedman
Your birth was bittersweet.
But, you soon erased the element of regret
leaving only the mark of pleasure.
Your first year is full of memories.
Unending feedings, monitor wires, false alarms.
Therapy balls, mouth excercises.
And then off to KEN-CREST.
Your second year of crawling and then learning to stand.
Your love of yogurt in a variety of flavors.
Your third year of learning to walk
with a strut like no other.
Your love affair with applesauce.
Your communicating without speaking
and people totally understood.
Your fourth year of private speech therapy with
dramatic improvement of verbal communication.
Potty training, the hits and misses.
Learning the computer.
And last but not least,
your wonderful relationship with your brother, William.
You muster courage and try.
You have accomplished with pride numerous goals.
You have reached one of many milestones
Your graduation from Ken-Crest.
You made us look at the world differently.
You gave us permission to cry in public.
You bring great joy and sometimes it runs down our cheeks.
You are the best thing that ever happened to us!
We love you very much,
Grampy and Grandy
Dan and his grandfather, Arthur Freedman.
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