Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 15, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 18, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tom Brady and Me Too

I live in the Boston area.
So it goes without saying that I am also a sports fan.

If I had to use one word to best describe a Boston sports fan, it would be faithful.

Yes, we here in New England are faithful fans,
not because our sports teams are champions,
but because for many years,
despite their spectacular play, they were not.

There is no victory more rewarding,
than one that comes after many years of excruciating loss.
(or controversy)

But to me
what I find most interesting about the
Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins
is just how often
they are a reflection
of exactly what is happening in my own life.

Last night's game was no exception.

In the world of sports, there is much we can learn about life.

If you are a long time reader of our blog
then you know how much I admire Tom Brady. (click here to read)

I believe he is a man
who operates much like a parent
of a child diagnosed with special needs.

Let me explain,

In the first half of Super Bowl (LI), Tom Brady was attacked on all fronts. He was powerless to the onslaught of the Atlanta aggressors and the endless stream of continuous chaos. The red jerseys kept coming, pounding him to the ground, again and again. It was as if his opponent read his game plan and inhibited his ability to make any forward progress. Despite his best effort, he could not stop the bleeding.

Sound familiar?

While all of this was happening on the field, Coach Bill Belichick was on the sidelines observing and writing furiously onto his clipboard. He was, if you will, behaving like a mad scientist, looking for weakness and designing an experiment to expose the cracks in the opposing team's defense.


The team came back to the second half of the game with a new strategy.
What was this brilliant new plan you ask?

Hold on to the ball.

It was that simple.

And they performed this new strategy in Coach Belichick style
 with quiet determination
substance above flash
small well-executed plays
all day long
Tom Brady made short quick passes
to a variety of receivers
holding on to the ball
for a series of first downs
and an incredible total of 466 yards.
He made slow steady progress up the field,
tiring the young, depleted Atlanta defense
and running down the clock.
Several Patriots players contributed to the win
by making key sacks and miraculous receptions.
 With quiet focus,
the team made many small successfully executed plays,
that mounted to the big win in the end.

Under the steadfast and unwavering determination of Tom Brady,
and his ability to sustain steel-like focus under extreme pressure,
he led his faithful team to victory
 with a brilliant performance
that comes from many years of operating
at a heightened level of play.

Feeling all too familiar
to a family that operates under similar circumstances.

Congratulations Tom
on the game of your life.
(and ours)

You are our hero

And to the entire Patriots team

You are our inspiration.

Oh, and by the way,

My new motto for the year?


(Weston first day of kindergarten)

I dedicate this post to my Dad

There could be no more faithful Patriots fan