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August 06, 2008


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"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Does that mean, within the context of passage 47, that it can end with that single step too?

Yes, I think that's right...

Dear Sam:

I hope you don't mind me calling you by your first name. I feel like we might be family. I just finished reading
Aidan's Way and came to your website to find sadly Aidan's Eulogy. I am so sorry for your loss.
I have been so touched by your story and how Aidan had touched your lives. I too have a disabled son who's name
is Jason. He is also the love of my life, he is 41 years young and doing very well, lucky for us he has not had the health or medical issues that your son had to endure. Jason suffered a cerebral hemorage at 10 days old and that
has left him with profound retardation, mild cerrebral palsy. But he is able to walk, see, feed himself, toliet himself
and possess the greatest gift of all which is his ability to love and be loved, in that miracle of silent yet profound
wordless communication. He is truly my love gift.

I have studied Chinese philosophy, not to the extent that you have, by any stretch of the imagination but now want to do more. I am in-fact a painter and much of what I have learned I have applied to my art of making art.
I had never thought about it in relationship to my son. I am so happy to have made the connection, thanks to you
and to Aidan.

I have taken up too much of your time already but I just want to thank you for sharing your story and Aidan's life.
You have touched me deeply. Reading your book was like having a conversation with you. I guess that I do not
have many people around me to share my story with so reading about yours made me feel so connected to you
and the way I feel about my son.

Peace and Love
Andrea Raft

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