Here are a few brief glimpses of memories; they don’t do justice to the awesomeness that is John Slatin.
I went to dinner with Anna and John then we went to Body Choir. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was blown away. At first, I felt a little awkward, but I started moving to the music then realized that I was connecting with people without words. Through movement, eye contact, I was interacting with people in ways I never had before. In the car afterwards, I had many questions and we had a wonderful discussion about intimacy – something I’ve always struggled with. That was a pinnacle discussion for me – one that caused me to question how I think. I’m still growing as a result of that discussion and still have further to grow. As I’ve read Leukemia Letters over the last 2 years and about all the people surrounding Anna and John, I see that the wisdom and the openness we talked about that night is the strength behind the love and the connections.
June 2005: We were in Brussels for a WCAG WG face-to-face meeting that was to start the following day. John and I were sitting on a bench in a park, Dillon at our feet. I had told family and a couple friends that I was two months pregnant and decided to share the news with John. I had slept every afternoon for the two weeks leading up to the trip and was anxious about how I would manage 8-12 hour days in meetings. “I can’t leave the meetings every afternoon. What will I do?” He replied, “If you need to leave, then do it. If people ask, then tell them.” I could always count on John for calm and clarity. I could talk with him about things that I couldn’t with other people. I didn’t know it at the time – but we were both tired. John would return home from that trip and begin the first of many hospital stays.
I wish I could be in Austin this weekend. I want to be part of the energy of the amazing people that surround John and Anna. You both have been influential with your wisdom and your love, your energy and your calm. Thank you. I love you.