A TO Z Challenge -Day 10, Letter J


Day 10, Letter J



[Friday April 11th 2014]

Jay Bird

There are ten species of jays in North America.  Jays are loud birds who are known for their noise-making whenever their area is intruded upon.  I love spotting them and hearing them, it always reminds me of my brother who was nicknamed J-Bird

Jason Michael Nepsund

My brother passed away in 2007 from complications due to his Cerebral Palsy.   The term palsy refers to a disorder of movement.   Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the motor control centers of the brain and usually occur during pregnancy / childbirth or shortly after birth.  My brother suffered a diaphragmatic hernia when he was born, the developing problems from this caused damage to his brain resulting in Cerebral Palsy.  He lived a life that I won’t ever fully understand. His situation has been a big factor in how I think about life- the good, the unknown, the brain, grief.  I watched his life leave our world in 2007,  I will never forget the feelings of that day.  I choose not to dwell on any negative feelings I have in life.  I am still unable to describe how it feels to lose someone close to you that is in a situation that you can’t understand, I am going let the overwhelming sadness about his life and his death that I cannot explain just fly away.

Every JayBird that flies by or that I hear reminds me of him and I feel comforted by nature even more.


Subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet. Start beginning Tuesday April First 2014 with a topic themed on something with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z. The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day on http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com

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