Scott Westerman
2 min readJan 3, 2021

“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.” ~Jon Bon Jovi

Friday will mark twelve years since Colleen was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. We’ve treated every day since as a second life we didn’t expect, a lesson in perspective, a true miracle.

On May 29, four years ago, we got another miracle we didn’t expect: a granddaughter with Down syndrome. The lessons she’s taught us about exploration, love and “life on the scenic route” have forever changed our outlook.

It’s been hard to navigate 2020. Our divisions were revealed in stark relief during the late presidential campaign. Lifelong friendships were fractured. We forgot how to accept that which we admire about others in the shadows cast by points of view we can’t understand.

We struggle with the bother thrust upon our comfortable routines by the pandemic. For many, Covid is still something that happens to other people. We are angered that our kids can’t experience all the normal traditions that we took for granted before the Coronavirus changed everything. We chafe at having to wear masks. We desperately want human contact.

The fact that we know what to do to protect the lives of our loved ones is miraculous. The inconveniences we lived with to manifest a destiny for our friends and families will recede into the…