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The Elwys never thought they would find a more accessible country than Iceland, that is, until they visited Oslo and Bergen in Norway. "It was the first place where we did all of our city travel by foot, boat, train, or bus. Without us asking for special treatment, train conductors, cap- tains, and bus drivers would spot us in a crowd and escort us to the front of the line, allowing us to board before others. We were in travel heaven," comments Rani. Yet, after a second trip to Berlin, Sherin's mother's birthplace, the Elwys now consider that city the world's most accessible capital. "During our visit, I started thinking, could Berlin be my son's adult home? He's a German citizen by birth through Sherin and speaks German fluently. This country, which committed the most unspeakable acts 75 years ago, just might be a great home for Ben." GRATITUDE GIVEN, INSPIRATION RECEIVED: gratia data, inspiratio accepta On January 2, 2018, after two and a half months at home recuperating from his tibia/fibula osteotomy, Ben returned to school. Rani took to Facebook to express heartfelt thanks for the support of family and friends during this trying time, writing, "Thank you for your calls, texts, emails, FB messages, snail mail, treat and food drop- offs, home visits, and more. Each day someone provided us with words of support or actions that bettered our lives. We are so grateful to be part of these incredible in-person and virtual communities, and so humbled by your generosity of spirit and love. Thank you for keeping Ben and us in your thoughts all along. The road is still winding, but we see the light." One friend's reply to Rani's post aptly expresses the deep apprecia- tion and respect the community holds for the Elwy family's inspira- tional approach to life. "I've learned so much from Ben (and his mama). The ripple effect of his courage and your collective hope reaches far and wide. Onward with fresh hope!! I pray today that Ben is embraced by many back at school. And I pray for a hot cup o' coffee for you … and then one more." 95 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8 Where Gratitude and Optimism Prevail

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