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The Heart of a Parent

by Joe Lawrence | January 10th, 2011 | Infants/Toddlers

There is no bond stronger than that of a parent and child.  When parents whom don’t even know each other are in the same room, they light up when they hear about another child.  We share a common understanding.  Parents are able to appreciate the picture of a little one unraveling the toilet paper.  We also feel the pain for one another.

When you hear about a crime against a child everyone gets angry, but a parent pictures his child and is ready to jump to action.  The same is true when it comes to empathizing for an injured youth.  Recently, my 18 year old nephew was in a wrestling accident at school.  He is left paralyzed from the neck down.

At the sound of this news, so many things went through my head.  I was crushed for such a lively and spirited lad to have such an injury.  Dale is the kid you hope shows up to your party or to class each day.  He is the one who makes you smile when you are in a bad mood.  To picture him immobilized is incomprehensible.

As a friend it is easy to feel for the family and feel heartbroken over this accident.  I have had terrible things happen before and remember the feelings.  However, nothing compared to the emotions felt from this father’s heart.  I felt the pain of watching this young man with so many dreams grow up to the person he has become and have many passions erased instantly.  I am not an emotional person, but have cried many times this past week.

I feel such a deeper bond with my brother and my heart goes out to him wholly.  It is something I pray will be a full recovery and a quick rainy season in our lives.

If you want to be inspired by this young guy and see all the love and support he is attracting from his personality, check it out on the Facebook support page his sister created.  It is located here.

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  2. This surely is very sad.

    My prayers are with Dale and his family!

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