By Jessica Yahner
05 Jul 2013
When the show ended Adam turned to me and proclaimed that this had been "the best surprise in the whole universe!" As we walked outside to the stage door, I told him that there might be one more surprise left, and indeed, it was an amazing one. I can not say enough wonderful things about the time we spent backstage at the theatre. Our guide though the process was amazing. She interacted beautifully with Adam and made him feel extremely important. Adam had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to shout, "You're fired!" at me with J. Jonah Jameson, to show off his light-up Spider-Man shoes to Mary Jane Watson, and yes, to sling a few webs with his own personal hero. He got his own copy of the Daily Bugle and stood centerstage, staring out at the empty house, smiling from ear to ear. After saying reluctant goodbyes at the theatre, we met Adam's aunt for dinner, took him on his first subway ride and made it back to the bus to start our journey home in a state of blissful exhaustion.
On the ride home Adam told me that he had felt "every feeling he had to feel" during the course of the day. Thinking back on the days when I held his tiny body and wondered if he would survive, I was overwhelmed by the realization of just how truly alive he really is. There's no appropriate way to say thank you to someone who hands your precious child their wildest dream on a silver, or in this case, webbed platter. I hope that everyone who was a part of our amazing day could see in Adam's eyes how much it meant to him, and to me, to be there. I use the word grateful a lot in my life, and on this day I was most profoundly grateful that my good guy, and his good guy, both won.