Tom: the something marshmellows are battling the pennsylvania choclatiers. gimme smore!
My precious baby boy
My startling handsome son
My soon to be gone
Congratulations for completing what you started 4 years ago
I know the days and nights of high school were a struggle
Your mind was often cluttered with frustrating thoughts and experiences
You were rarely encouraged by those you spent the hours and days and weeks with
Your skills and knowledge and worth as human being as a gifted and talented young man was not always recognized by those who would call themselves teachers and coach
Yet their were a few brilliant and gifted men and women who saw you and your peers for what you are
Young men and women deserving of encouragement and respect
Opportunities and support
Although not always an experience of joy and pleasure
Although your mind was not stimulated every day by everyone
Although at times the cruelty of those around you devastated you
There were times when the love and courage and respect of those who knew the truth of who you were
And today and everyday
Remember those who stood beside and for you
There will many people who cross your path good and bad
And you will always succeed no matter what
Congratulations and this know always
You are loved
Jennifer Homans, wife of the late-Tony Judt, has written a piece for the NYRB on the Tony’s writing of his final book as he suffered from the ravages of Lou Gehrig’s disease:
When Tony was first diagnosed with ALS he knew he would die, soon. He knew it before any doctor told him; and he continued to know it even as we pursued every possible alternative explanation and cure. He knew it because it was happening to him every day: hands, arms, legs, breathing passed out of his control with terrifying speed. It was impossible to keep up, a dizzying and exhausting time of doctors and tests and daily crises; of emotions too large and consequential to bear; of bewilderment and determination; of anger, grief, desperation, and love.
One more reason to love Sweden: “It is not unusual to see elk, or moose as they are known in North America, drunk in Sweden during autumn, when there are plenty of apples about.”
AUGUST 16, 2011 12:00 A.M.
Still the Only Solution to the World’s Problems
There is only one solution to the world’s problems, only one prescription for producing a near-heaven on earth.
It is 3,000 years old.
And it is known as the Ten Commandments.