Remembering Daniel Noah Fine
on the 23rd anniversary of his passing
We remember our son and brother Danny for his nurturing way-
caring for other people's feelings, for his uncompromising honesty,
sincerity, generosity, and sense of fairness.
He strove for perfection in everything he did,
whether rowing on his college's crew team, academics, or work.
He experienced a spiritual maturing during the early months of his illness
when he thanked us, his parents, for giving him life.
He faced his illness with extraordinary courage and dignity,
never complaining or expressing anger or asking, "Why me?"
He would have been a wonderful father and we lost the promise of
how much more he had to offer as a human being.
Although his life was far too short, we will love him forever.
Always in our hearts and minds.
Mom, Dad, Aron and Rebecca
10/27/1996 is your day of birth, it will always be a Miracle Day for me and your mom.
Our last letter together, spoke of our last day together and this letter I would like to talk about our first day together. It is a miracle, after 10 years of medical treatments, your mom was never giving up until you showed up at the hospital. I remember that day, Mom went to the doctor, got an ultrasound, and brought home your photo as though you were posing for the camara. We could see your chubby cheeks and there was even a bit of a smile. You showed up the next day on 10/27, looking exactly like your ultrasound photo, smile and all.
I cannot express the joy, love, and happiness from that first moment when I saw you and held you in my arms. Your Mom and I could not take our eyes off you as you slept in our arms, it was a miracle. We did not think of all the years, all the miles traveled from one doctor to the next, that did not matter, what mattered was we had our Timothy Christian finally. This day, your birthday, has always been more important to us than you know, and will always be a miracle day.
Every birthday for the last 10-15 years, I would give you a model car and write that year on the car. I still do that and have a collection since your passing, on a special shelf unit I made for them. Some people may think it’s unusual, but it’s my way to recognize that miracle day, your birthday, and I will do it this 10/27 and for as long as I can. Our first day together as it has been said… “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”. Our love, joy and friendship will always be in our hearts. We miss you and love you, especially on this miracle day…your birthday, our first day together, 10/27/1996.