Taylor loves hearing messages from from all of you who have left them here and on her phone. She is amazed at how many of you write in. Today, we re-read several days worth from the website. She always smiles and is glad to hear the names and comments and is quick to laugh at any joke. She always has a big smile when I mention Mimi’s name, as Taylor can’t believe how often Mimi leaves a comment (thanks so much Mimi!). After hearing many messages, she said, “I have a lot of thank you cards to write.” Unlike her Dad, Taylor has always been awesome at sending thank you cards whenever she receives a gift or when someone does a favor for her. I’m sure one day when she is more able to do so, she will set about writing “thanks” to everyone she can, even though the list is long and growing each day. I will tell her, “No one expects you to write all those thank you cards,” and she will reply, “Don’t worry about it, Dad.”
In addition to the comments written on this site, she has received many text messages on her phone. These are generally different from the website messages in that they are more personal and playful. Most are surprisingly long and thoughtful. I ask Taylor how to reply to these messages, and a few times she said, “I don’t know what to say.” Later, she decided, “I will respond when I can do it myself.”
As I read all of these messages to her, I feel amazed at how many friends Taylor has made who have such great things to say about her. Unknown to me, Taylor has gone through life helping people in need, in small and big ways. Most of the stories are about Taylor seeing someone in need and introducing herself and offering help. These encounters end up in friendships, some lasting, some brief, but all of them meaningful to the people she encountered. One of the long text message stories was about how Taylor befriended someone and helped her through a tough time. It was so moving and beautiful that it left me in tears. I asked Taylor if I could ask the friend to put it on this site, and Taylor said “No, it might make her feel uncomfortable.” I continue to be amazed as I learn so much about Taylor that I didn’t know before.
On behalf of Taylor, thank you everyone for all of your support and kind thoughts.