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Jessie and Sue Simpson. (Image: CFJC Today)

WHEN MY ELDEST SON TURNED 18 not long ago, there was a lot to think about other than baking a cake and choosing a gift.

Like all parents, I thought of what’s ahead with a mix of joy and worry, but mostly with excitement. The journey as a grownup is about to begin, right?

I also thought of my friend Jessie Simpson, who I met in November, 2018 and had been spending almost every Sunday afternoon with until the pandemic started. It’s impossible not to think of him every time I think of young people starting out in life or graduating, ready for adventures and embracing life.

Jessie was like that just a bit over four years ago before the savage attack with a baseball bat on graduation night, by a man who took out his vigilante-fueled anger on him. That resulted in a catastrophic brain injury, ten months of coma, multiple strokes and seizures, and countless other complications, many still ongoing.

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Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at daniela.ginta@gmail.com, or through her blog at http://www.thinkofclouds.com.

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