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WOW- the best birthday gift ever for Elias!!!!

That's amazing! For Casey's 10th birthday, we got a private tour of the Jayco factory, along with the public tour. Same kind of joy! He has found lots of YouTube channels about RVs and he's starting to enjoy talking about the journeys people take and not just the specs, but I know he loves the specs the most!

One of my favorite things about working with kids on the spectrum is getting a chance to learn about their particular areas of interest. Over the years I've had the opportunity to learn in-depth about dinosaurs, wolves, trains, race cars, Australian cattle dogs, Catholicism, tornadoes, the Titanic, and the Hindenburg. I'm sure I'm leaving some out! Although I have to be the Bad Guy who teaches our kiddos about choosing conversational topics that others find interesting too, I do love to hear them talk about their passions. I'm sure I'd learn so much from Elias!

Tears. What a wonderful birthday!!!!

That is so incredibly awesome!! And a fanstastic piece of writing too. :)

During these times of political strife and worry, this story brings tears and joy in the good of people.

Happy Birthday Elias!
Where is the first elevator in New York?
I'm going there this summer and will try to see it!

What a wonderful birthday! Happy birthday Elias!

Okay, I am crying.
Was having a crap day and now I got the happy tears going.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

This is so awesome. I can only imagine how excited he must have been. Please tell him Mr. Pustina says what's up and happy birthday!

So happy for Elias - what a wonderful birthday experience! Your writing about it seems to flow from a place of joy, and draws us in. Super!

How incredibly interesting and cool for everyone! It is awesome that he has such a passion for elevators...who knows, he may even improve on it someday! Happy 13th Elias. What a special day and special people that made it possible.

Love all your comments and have shared this post and all your words with Elias who just smiles and tells me more about elevators:)

Otis's first successful passenger elevator is in the E.V. Haughwout building on Broadway and Broome st in NYC.

Oh my goodness Kristy, love, love, love your blog! Elias has those 'glacier blue eyes!' I am so loving your sharing of who you are as a woman, the love for your husband, your son and your family! You are astounding. So very glad to have met you and so glad to work with your husband. Thank you for being so brave sharing your life...

WOW! This made me cry happy tears! What an amazing group of people! I am so happy for Elias.

Happy Belated Birthday, Elias!!!

I am thrilled to read of Elias journey. I have a friend (who was once a business partner of mine) who is an elevator project manager. He too has cerebral palsy, but that has not stopped him from becoming a great elevator leader. He is currently managing elevator installations in Tennessee.
I have been in the elevator industry since 1978. It is a good career path and I would love to see Elias follow his fascination of the industry. Way to go Otis team!

Nancy, i loved meeting you too! You are such a warm soul!!

Birthday wishes sent Kris.

Robin, you comment made me a little teary this morning---thank you so much for sharing the story of your friend!

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