Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Far From the Tree and Corragio e Molto Forte
Last night, my dear friend Moye and I went downtown to hear Andrew Solomon discuss his recent masterpiece Far From the Tree. I know that many of you have read the book or at least heard about it, but if you haven't, here's a short video that will warm you up:
* FAR FROM THE TREE - book trailer * from Nick Davis on Vimeo.
Solomon was one of the most charming and articulate speakers that I've ever heard, and both Moye and I were overwhelmed by the enormity of his accomplishment. We bought the book and afterward stood in line to have him sign our copies. I told him that I was the parent of a child with multiple severe disabilities and then I thanked him for connecting so many, for voicing so much, for his kindness and intelligence. As you can see in the above photo, he wrote me a simple message, but it took my breath away.
My father, for years and years and years, has always whispered those words to me or said them aloud: Corragio e Molto Forte
Courage and much strength.