Errol Milner Clifford 2006-2009
Errol Milner Clifford was born with a significant heart defect and a cognitive disability that prevented him from walking or talking. As we grieved the child we had anticipated, Errol’s full-bodied smile and irrepressible laugh turned our sorrow into joy, and taught us that many of the best things in life are unexpected. Inspired by Errol’s delightful spirit, friends, family, and neighbors rallied to support our family’s significant emotional, physical, and financial needs, through countless acts of selfless generosity. When Errol’s courageous heart finally failed him on December 23, 2009 we were left numb with grief. In these dark hours we listen hopefully for the echoes of Errol’s brilliant laugh. This blog is the story (starting from present and working back to Errol's birth) of the life and times of the amazing Errol Clifford.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
If I were to create the ideal person I would give them the ability to live in the moment. Because Errol suffers from Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome he is unable to live anywhere but precisely in the present.
In order to survive we humans are programmed to think outside of the moment; to reflect on the past and to plan into the future. But this very survival mechanism takes us away from the perfect present and keeps us constantly elsewhere. Errol would not survive in the wild (not that anyone under 21 would) but because of his very inability to think ahead or behind, he is able to live exactly in this wonderful moment. He already has the very thing I most desire into he world; peaceful happiness, and he shares it with all those who are lucky enough to know him.