In The Washington Post, columnist George Will has an essay on his son's 40th birthday.
When Jonathan Frederick Will was born 40 years ago — on May 4, 1972, his father’s 31st birthday — the life expectancy for people with Down syndrome was about 20 years.That is understandable.
The day after Jon was born, a doctor told Jon’s parents that the first question for them was whether they intended to take Jon home from the hospital.
Those are the first three sentences of the article. But what begins with so little hope ends with so much.
This year Jon will spend his birthday where every year he spends 81 spring, summer and autumn days and evenings, at Nationals Park, in his seat behind the home team’s dugout. The Phillies will be in town, and Jon will be wishing them ruination, just another man, beer in hand, among equals in the republic of baseball.
It's impossible to do justice to Will's words, so you must read them for yourself. Read the essay here in its entirety. It's beautiful, just beautiful. Happy birthday, Jon Will.