The following post was contributed by Aaron’s Uncle Jim and Aunt Mary… Or as Aaron so lovingly refers to them as “Uncle Jimmaaaay and Aunt Maryaaaaaay”. Jim and Mary were so kind to share a recent and favorite memory of Aaron. They so beautifully were able to put words to an experience anyone that knows Aaron has encountered. His ability to draw any and every one near. He is a magnet for love.It is with great pleasure I share with you “The Lighthouse”-
We are affectionately known by Aaron and his family as Uncle Jimmeee and Aunt Maryeee. It is endearing to us since no one else in the entire world has these names! Aaron himself patented this ‘Special Greeting’ ….. now catching on by other family members who want to be ‘in’ !!
A recent memory of Aaron was at the end of May at our son’s wedding. Kirk, Cath, & Aaron journeyed from Ann Arbor to Door County, WI. We remembered their arrival at the Friday night “Meet and Greet” — Big Smiles that illuminated the Boat House venue, fitting right into the crowd of guests that had gathered.
Aaron is everyone’s “LIGHTHOUSE!” So many friends were greeted by Aaron’s friendly smile and “Hi!” He sat down next to one of our guests — and they became BF immediately!!
Celebrating the wedding the next day, Aaron looked forward to the various events. He chose a “Purple shirt and a New tie.” Kirk, Cath, and Aaron were seated at our table during the Reception. He loved his favorite meal – CHEESEBURGER & FRIES.
He was loving it — all smiles, happy, and content!When the music started we all watched Aaron out on the dance floor surrounded by many different guests — enjoying the moments, the times, having such fun listening and dancing to the rhythm of the music. So many of the guests were drawn to this Special Young Man — full attention to his surroundings and full of spirit! Aaron fit into our group, graciously enjoying every moment of the wedding that weekend.
Aaron uses his senses of sight, hearing, smell, tasting, and touching! He looks beyond the everyday “Big” things to find the simple joy and love which brings everyone closer to each other…..connecting is the key. Aaron’s smile and spirit is his ability for us to learn and put into practice the simple things in our everyday lives. Because we cannot see ‘spirit’ it is easy to forget about it or assign no value to it. Soul is the eternal part of a being. Aaron is a pure Master of his Spirit.
We are Blessed to have Aaron in our extended family.
May this piece serve as an inspiration for you to BE The Lighthouse.
A major thank you to Uncle Jim and Aunt Mary for sharing their experience with recognizing the ability over disability. WE are so blessed to have you all in our family.
If you would like to share about your experiences with seeing the similarities over the difference OR the abilities over the disabilities please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org – it would be a privilege to share!
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