After looking at these pictures and how the two brothers interacted I wonder what would have happened if Tad had not gotten sick. We talk about family systems and I can only think of how Tad’s illness affected the entire family, including my Uncle Tom. So much attention and focus on Tad’s needs, how lost was Tom? I don’t know, because the letters don’t mention him – which says something in itself.
I have recently been very encouraged to continue with my blog. Perkins Institute in Watertown MA recently posted some of their archival information about Tad. I emailed them to remark upon it and they replied that they had no problem with a link to their site and that, in fact, they were putting a link to my blog on their website. I asked about some items my mother had donated to their Touch Museum and they found those items are still there and they asked for any stories I might have about them. I was very happy to oblige although what I know of these items is mostly from my childhood memories.