Kevin was a commissioned STORY TREE for a special young man with autism. We are most proud of the KEVIN tree and hope he brings great joy and autism awareness to all. For the story of how this tree came to be, please see the Artist Blog "And Then We Ugly Cried."
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My mom always said the most meaningful gifts are those things that have sentimental value or experiences that create memories. Honestly, who remembers what they got for their 18th birthday unless it meant something more than a just a present to open? When my twins were turning 18, I wanted to give them something that could be carried in their hearts for a life time. I have what they call mirror twins. Kevin was different from the moment I could feel him move in my belly. I knew in my soul that these twins would have a path not typical of most. When he didn’t meet milestones and his sister did, we began a journey of endless doctor’s appointments and therapy sessions that his twin sister was dragged to almost every time. Our lives became one of being around extraordinary families who persevered through exhaustion. Kevin didn’t communicate socially so Lindsay did the talking. Kevin started reading at two and Lindsay was diagnosed with dyslexia later on. Kevin didn’t excel in school and Lindsay made honor roll. When I expressed my years long odyssey with my twins and my desire to give them a gift that expressed my deep love for their relationship, I commissioned this tree. To understand how Tracy perfectly captured their love for one another you must read her blog entry “And then we Ugly Cried.” It is the story of how little Lindsay knew the meaning of being a sibling to a person with autism. I often tear up when reading Tracy’s blog. I tear up when I look at the tree. My whole family has ordered the tree because it means more than just a present. It shows their love. It shows my love. It is a gift of the heart. It is a gift that parents with a child with autism will immediately understand.
Dearest Megan, The gratitude I feel for having been given the gift of stepping into your family at such a meaningful time and with such a deep and complex notion is more than I can share in words. YOU gave ME the gift of learning about autism and the deepest love within your family. Even though I don't know your family, you let me in. "Kevin" will always be one of the trees I'm most proud of most notably because I didn't think I could do your family justice. I couldn't breath when you received your commission. And then we both cried. We "ugly cried." I will always be grateful for what you've given me. Love Tracy
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(Drawing May 31, 2020)