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Happy Birthday, Aidan

Happy Birthday to Aidan Crane.

Today is Aidan’s fourteenth birthday. At one level, this should be unremarkable: just another adolescent boy passing another year marker, working his way awkwardly to adulthood. But, of course, Aidan is anything but typical. On each of his birthdays, Maureen, my wife, and I hug or high-five. We don’t have to say anything. The reference is clear: we, Aidan and us, have tacked on another year, defying for a bit longer, the pessimistic prediction of the doctors who said he would die young. Fourteen is not old but it is longer than their gloomy assessments when he was an infant. While there have been difficult times, there has been joy and happiness in Aidan’s life, and in ours because of him. Happy birthday.

From all of us at EphBlog as well.

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#1 Comment By An Eph On October 18, 2005 @ 11:46 pm

When I was born, a doctor told my mother that I’ll be retarded. Now, I’m at Williams. Go figgure.

#2 Comment By Sam On October 20, 2005 @ 8:50 am

Thank you to all who came and read about Aidan. He had a good birthday. Although he did not escape from school (we will have a full-blown party this weekend) he was feted by his family over dinner: cake, presents, singing. His sister was especially loving. Even though I had bought several presents and told her that one could be from her, she insisted that she take her own money and go to the store herself and pick out something personally for him. We went to the bookstore and she found a book that she felt captured something about herself that she could give to him: a Robert Dahl book. Her love is just another aspect of his presence in the world.