I’ve had lots of people who have inspired me in different ways in my life. I was fortunate to have many great teachers as a child; there are several writers I just want to be; and in my head I sound like both of the Indigo Girls simultaneously when I sing.
I’ve always felt that Aidan had the ability to bring others joy, because really, if you can’t smile at his gorgeous giggle or feel like a million bucks with one of his entrancing gazes, well, you’re beyond repair. What I hadn’t thought of until recently, is that he could be a true inspiration. I received this email from Garreth’s cousin Ruth who spent some time with us when the boys were little:
I don’t know if I ever told you this but you know Aidan is the reason I knew it was my path to be a paeds nurse. I remember coming to see you on my holidays when I was training to be a general nurse. I vividly remember holding him and having a cuddle when he was having a tube feed and thinking this is what I want to do. This is what I am meant to do. Fast forward to present day and that’s where I am and have been for the past 8 years, minding these precious babies and loving doing so. A long way away from you guys I know, but Aidan helped me get here.
This knowledge is such a gift to me and Ruth is a gift to the many children she serves.
So, who has inspired you?