From the February 2011 magazine.

February 2011: Valentine victory

"Valentine’s Day has had a special meaning for me and my son. His recovery inspired mine."

I almost died and I know it, Mom. I want to live a little.” My son spoke these words to me one morning when I was struggling to get out from under a hangover. My son had nearly been killed in a terrible automobile accident on Valentine’s Day, 1978. He had subsequently been hospitalized for multiple serious injuries and had continued recovering for four months at home. We were discussing the plans for him to begin college, which prompted him to make the statement above and to add, “I don’t want to go to college.” I was
so moved by his words that I said, “Go for it, Mike;...

-- Carolyn S.

Gardnerville, Nevada