I kept thinking about the bear with no name. And so while in the shower-where I do my best thinking, I started thinking about creating a website to spread the word that there were indeed places for adult cleft lip and/or palate patient’s to go for care. When I would go to the clinic I would sit there and look at all the people affected by cleft lip and/or palate and other facial differences. I was the oldest patient. But where were the other adult patient’s? I just had to get the word out. And, so, I decided to come up with a website to help others with facial differences find the right team for them. I also decided to blog about my life experiences. I came up with the name, Smile with Simon. Simon is my last name and I like to smile! And then I saw a cardinal. Cardinals are very special to my family. They are a sign of hope, belief and they remind me of my wonderful parents. Whenever I see a cardinal, I think of them. And, so, I decided that the cardinal would be the ‘mascot’. I then worked on designing a cardinal with stitches on it’s beak. The cardinals name would be Simon. And, so, I worked with a wonderful woman through Etsy-Kim C (A Happy Carrot) who saw my vision. I had her create Simon and then I had her create Simon’s friends. Susie-my sister who loves butterflies, Fallon-my wife who loves to wear flip flops, Pixie-me dearest friend who wears the most beautiful jewelry, Coco-my dear friend who is both a nurse and teacher and has taught me a lot about getting up after being knocked down, Pete and Mark-two of the most loving guys I know, and Jose-my brother Joe who is a gentle giant with a heart of gold. And then Buddy-we all have the name Buddy. We are here on this earth to lend a helping hand, to be kind to one another and to realize that we are all different. And, it’s ok. We are all beautiful. No one is better than the other.