Jonathan’s first blog

Jonathan with spelling board

Hello! Thank you for reading my blog. I am excited about telling you what my life is like, now I can talk all the time using my eyes to spell on an alphabet board. Will you imagine what it might be like to have waited 9 years to be able to talk?

In the year since beginning to talk my favourite thing to tell people is when I was young and I was ill I went to Jesus’ garden. I experienced so many things in Jesus’ garden I wanted to share some of this in my story for the BBC Radio 2 500 word story competition.

As all of my friends at the church and my school are able to talk I am enjoying asking them questions and talking to them.

When I learnt to spell it meant I could ask for things that I wanted to do. For my tenth birthday I was allowed to choose ten different ways to celebrate, my first choice was to bake every day, which I have a breadmaker for.

Spelling out the difference talking makes is very difficult so I have tried to describe it in poetry:

Song of Voice

As adept fingers point
My silent soul emerges,
Like the dawn blackbird’s song
Suddenly breaking the black.

Music buried in the mind
Sings melodies divine,
Of ancient tales yet untold
Unfurled to men astound.

Whose beauty hears my voice?
What depths saddened my pathway?
Soaring eagles spread wings
I fly to my destiny.

© Jonathan Bryan

50 thoughts on “Jonathan’s first blog

  1. Gosh this is so exciting. Well done Jonathan. I just found the link from your Daddy’s blog so I just had to have a look. I shall add this link to my favourites so I can keep up to date with your writing. love Hilary

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  2. Dear Jonathan,
    It is wonderful to read your words & ‘talk’ with you! I was at college with your Daddy when he was training to be a Vicar and where he met your Mummy! Please keep writing – I like poetry & hearing what people think!
    Best wishes,
    Stuart
    (Although friends call me Dr Moose!)

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  3. Hey Jon Jon! When we get back I’d love to get you to tell me how to ‘blog’! So great to be able to hear from you 8,000 miles away!

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  4. Hi Jonathan
    I love your blog. Thank you for doing it for us all.
    I have known you since you were born. I was at St Lawrence Church when your Daddy was the vicar there. I sang in the choir and played bass guitar in the music group. It is lovely to read your poetry. You have a special talent. I am looking forward to reading more blogs from you.
    Jay

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  5. Wow Jonathan, You are so talented to write poetry like that. I reckon you would be a brillant songwriter…You could write fantastic Hymns..

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  6. Totally amazing! I can’t wait for the next instalment. But as I’m not very techno-savvy, get your ma to post reminders on Facebook!
    Cheers,
    Jamie x

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  7. Hi Jonathan, Like Dr Moose I trained at college alongside your Dad. Like James I am not good at remembering or re-finding blog sites so please ask your Mom to add me to her reminders list!! On your blog … wowie … what a first post!! It is great to be able to ‘hear’ you and begin to find out some f the things that have been going round in your mind. It must have been so frustrating for you before the communications board came along. I look forward to hearing your voice again … such a beautiful voice … and hearing you sing and soar. Thank you. Una.
    PS Have just discovered I can ask to follow you so hopefully the technology will let me do that … but technology doesn’t always play nice with me!!

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  8. Hi Jonathan – this is brilliant ! well done. I am looking forward to following your blog, and I have no doubt you will be opening lots of people’s eyes. Also very keen to get our order in for some bread . I hear you even have packaging organised – very entrepreneurial indeed. Well done – keep your sights high! Onwards – Craig

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  9. Hi Jonathan,

    Auntie Siobhan and Uncle Adrian told me all about you when you were born. I can remember how we all used to pray for you and your family.

    It’s wonderful to read how you are getting on now that you can ‘talk’. Absolutely fabulous.

    God bless,
    Janet

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  10. Hi Jonathan. What a joy to read your blog and I look forward to reading many more. I’m a friend of your Auntie Siobhan & Uncle Adrian and when you were a baby we met together to pray for you and your family.

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      • Thanks Jonathan, we are friends of Auntie Siobhan and Uncle Adrian. We have thought about you and prayed for you, and to sense your love of life and resilience is so God glorifying little man. Keep writing and communicating, it is a blessing for all who read it, much love Julie, Ian, Matt, Megan and Sarah

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  11. Gosh Jonathan, your blog is wonderful! How clever you are Jon, Jon. Such a thoughtful poem, you are brilliant! How great it this that we can read your blog, and keep updated with all your fantastic events. It is so wonderful that you can communicate so well now with everyone, specially your lovely family. I know Mummy, daddy, Susannah and Jemima are so proud of you. Jesus gave you this special gift, with the help of mummy. Love you Jonathan. Xx

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  12. Gosh Jonathan, your blog is wonderful! How clever you are Jon, Jon. Such a thoughtful poem, you are brilliant! How great is this that we can read your blog, and keep updated with all your fantastic events. It is so wonderful that you can communicate so well now with everyone, specially your lovely family. I know Mummy, daddy, Susannah and Jemima are so proud of you. Jesus gave you this special gift, with the help of mummy. Love you Jonathan. Xx

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  13. Hi Jonathan, it is so wonderful to read your first blog, thank you so much for sharing your exciting news and your incredible poem. I’m completely amazed at what you have written and can’t wait to hear more from you. I hope you remember me, I came to visit you about a year ago to do those non verbal reasoning tests with you! Lots of love to you and all your lovely family, Ailsa x

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  14. Jonathan I have just read your poems and they are wonderful. They take me closer to God as does your story. I want to follow all your work please.
    My daughter is Ailsa and you know her. I met you when I came to “Little Lights “. All my love.x j
    Joy X

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  15. Hi Jonathan,

    Your blog is fantastic.
    Thank you so much for sharing your poems and thoughts with us.
    It’s great to hear your voice and I can’t wait for your next blog post.

    Take care JB.

    Sarah x

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    • Hello Sarah,
      Thank you for helping me to read letters when I had lessons with you one to one. Please can you let me help to change the special schools so they teach more children to spell.
      Love,
      Jonathan x

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      • Absolutely Jonathan.
        Your blog and all that you are achieving will help to bring about many changes and I will do everything that I can to help.
        You are an excellent role model for so many children Jonathan.

        Sarah x

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  16. Hi Jonathan, I’ve never looked at (or wanted to look at) a blog before, so this is a wonderful first for me – what a lovely lot friends and fans you have!, count me in – You are clearly a very fine young poet and I look forward to reading more of your work along the way. It has been great to meet you during my last two visits (with Soundbeam), you are an inspiration to me and I imagine to everyone you meet. I hope that you have great fun with Soundbeam and that it helps you to express yourself musically and that in time – some of your musical ‘imaginings’ might be heard by many people, Please do keep in touch – if you get stuck with anything please get a message to me – I would hope to be able to help… Keep up the great poetry and the bloggery (is that a word?)……. Hats off to you young man!, Adrian.

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    • Hi Adrian,
      Thank you for reading my blog. Soundbeam is fun, I love making music without any instrument and I thank you a lot for bringing Soundbeam to me. I used my Soundbeam at school to play music with my class in our class performance.
      Love,
      Jonathan

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  17. Jonathan, I love your ambition to bake every day. Baking is good for the soul and everyone loves a homemae cake or loaf of bread. The fruit loaf was particularly yummy: shall be coming back for more. The Narnian birthday cake was a work of art. Keep on baking! Erica

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  18. I am so glad to know that I can read your blog, Jonathan .( I only found out about it when I read your school newsletter). I especially enjoyed your poem— It made me really think.
    In future I will regularly check to see what else you have written.

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  19. You were a Poet
    They just didn’t know it…!

    (That’s my best attempt at rhyme Jonathan. I am humbled by your talent!)
    Sending you best wishes from France!
    Laura Roberts

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  20. I read your story on Mail online . I had to come read more about you here because I think you are the most amazing and courageous boy I know. I cried by the time I read all through. Your mum is a very beautiful and strong woman. I hope your voice is heard all over the world. You are a champ.

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  21. I read your story today in the Daily Mail via Facebook and I’m so happy to have found your blog. You write so beautifully. Please keep talking to us.

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  22. Hello Jonathan,

    I heard your beautiful poem on radio 2 on Easter Sunday & have looked at the website. What an amazing inspiration you are; I am sure God will use you in fantastic ways . Also, the broadcast made me feel so happy for you & so grateful. Thank you!

    God bless
    Ann

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