Winter is coming and the mountain trails Jonathan and I have been traversing are freezing over. So, this blog marks the end of this season’s blog trail with Jonathan. Writing “Hiking with Jonathan” has been a rewarding experience because I’ve loved reflecting on what I’ve learned from and about Jonathan during our hikes together. I am confident many more hikes are in our future–opportunities for growing in my understanding of Jonathan, for learning to hear his voice more clearly, and for connecting with him on that human level where each person is seen, heard, and valued.
I’ve filmed a short documentary I call “Breaking the Silence” that reveals the importance of listening to others, especially those in the special needs community, and of valuing each person’s need to be heard. Please watch.