When Dylan was 5 years old, his school teacher expressed concern because he wasn’t following instructions very well.
“When I invite the class to write about the book I read, Dylan will write about his magic dog.”
This about sums Dylan up – he marches to the beat of his own drum .
Dylan is one of those out-of-the-box learners that found it hard to fit into a traditional way of learning. There were some tough moments for him but he made it through!
He has a way of seeing things that others don’t. He questions things. He does not conform and he does not people please. There were moments when I momentarily wanted him to, but he didn’t hesitate to remind me to practice what I preach. He has been a great teacher for me.
He loves music, it’s therapy for him, especially the screaming kind, but then he surprises me with some cool classical piece.
He’s arty and talented with a camera. He knows a lot about film and I’ve learned some interesting things from him like how Christopher Nolan effectively uses time in his movies.
He nearly always beats me at chess, but I still love to play with him and hope to turn those odds around someday.
I remember so clearly the first time that I lay on the sofa with him on my chest when I was alone in the house with him a week after his birth. He had had a tough entry into this world, deciding to enter it nearly 5 weeks ahead of schedule and spending a few days in the intensive care unit. It was a scary time, but a week later, he was fine and that moment when it really sunk in that I was a mother to this healthy son, was one of the happiest moments of my life.
It’s hard to believe that those 18.5 years have gone so fast and now he will set off on his next life adventure, for a bachelor’s in cinematography in Amsterdam.
I am so proud of the young man that he has become and I’m excited for him with what lies ahead. I have a hunch that it will include some thought-provoking documentaries or films, but that’s for him to decide. The most important thing that I wish for him is a clear and happy mind and that he keeps marching to the beat of his own incredible drum.
This trip with you has been an honor, Dylan.
Love you always,