Hosea is a boy living in a state-sponsored institution. He is profoundly retarded. He will never walk or talk. He is generally oblivious to his surroundings. His eyesight is very poor. But Hosea has a father who loves him. Though he lives a considerable distance from the institution, he comes faithfully to visit twice each week. The nurses say that no matter how many people are in the halls near Hosea’s room when his father visits, Hosea can discern his father’s footsteps coming down the hall. Hosea brightens up, begins to make noises, and looks toward the door. Love can communicate even to minds that are sadly limited.