The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.
Today’s something good is brotherly love.
On September 18, a beautiful tribute to “A Special Sister” was published in the obituary section of the LA Times. Erik Sydow eulogized his beloved sister Karen, capturing his love and grief in a mere 189 words, and touched the hearts of all who read it. Click on the tweet below to read the obituary as it was published in the paper.
Daniel Miller, reporter for the LA times, read the obituary written by the 64 year old cabinet maker and, deeply moved by it, shared it on Twitter. The tweet quickly gained likes and shares and comments from people who understood the unique love Erik had for his special sister because of their own journey with a loved one’s medical condition.
When Karen was three years old, she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and her parents, Eugene and Shirley, bent all of their efforts towards making sure she was as happy and healthy as possible. When Eugene died in 2007, his instructions to Erik for Karen’s care boiled down to simply making sure she was happy.
On their last outing to the lake in August, Karen clapped with the wind in her face and laughed when Erik dinged the bicycle bell.
Erik plans on scattering her ashes, along with their mother’s and father’s ashes, at a beach where they vacationed as a family when the siblings were young.
Miller followed up with Erik and wrote an article about their discussion of Karen. I highly recommend reading it – I couldn’t possibly do it justice in this post.
Loving those who are vulnerable is something good. Now it’s your turn… Tell me something good.