"Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder," Margaret Wolfe Hungerford (née Hamilton), who wrote many books, often under the pseudonym of 'The Duchess', is most often attributed to having first written this quote. As I share with you my photo of 'beauty' I am compelled to also share with you the story of one of the most remarkable young men I have ever known.
...we met when he was six. He crawled into my lap and played with my red fingernails. He is now 22, over six feet tall, still sits in my lap and yes, he still loves my red fingernails. Dan has a rare seizure disorder that has robbed his brain of growth and development. What it hasn't robbed him of is his joy of life.
I was his assistant when he started school. Yet it was he who taught me. He taught me patience and kindness. He taught me acceptance and tolerance. He taught me to appreciate the baby steps. He taught me love in I way I had never known.
Perhaps the most beautiful thing about this young man is his ability to bring people together. Knowing Dan creates a domino effect that touches the lives of many. Life long friendships have been formed, marriage vows exchanged, and a baby born because of Dan.
His face isn't flawless. His smile isn't perfect. But his heart and soul are flawless. As it is with many who are like Dan, if you look beyond the physical flaws, you will be blinded by the beauty from within. Dan taught me that too!