Hey Journey Group! We just had our first buddy event of the year at Veteran’s park, and it was fantastic! My buddy this year is Brian, who is 10 years old and so sweet. Mya and I were so excited to meet him, and the event couldn’t have gone better. For a while we just sat on the playground, blew bubbles, took pictures, and talked to him and his dad; one of the best things about Brian is his calming and genuine presence. After sitting down for a while, we went on a walk and ended the buddy event by going to the splash park. Even though Brian is nonverbal, he can communicate great with gestures and body language. It was amazing to see him smile and laugh when we did and watch his face light up when we went to the water. I am so looking forward to getting to know Brian more and seeing what else this year brings!