A beautiful essay by George Will about his son Jon, who loves baseball and life and recently turned 40.
Jon has Down's syndrome. Will has written frequently about the blessings that Jon has brought to his family.
Will writes frankly about the things that Jon cannot do. But Jon's personal gift, Will notes, is serenity. This is something I have seen again and again in patients and family and friends with Down's syndrome. They have a preternatural serenity, an essential joyfulness. It is a kind of wisdom, a wisdom about what really matters in life. Those of us without disabilities have much to learn from our friends and loved ones with disabilities.
May Jon have many blessings and many more happy birthdays.