I was going to post a humerus anecdote about taking The Kid to the grocery store solo last night, but events have transpired that have led me to postpone that one.
Back at the end of 2007, I wrote about an acquaintance of mine who was who was fighting a brain tumor.
I and many others followed his progress on his website, but it became clear last summer that his health was declining. His daily postings were becoming erratic and almost nonsensical until his brother took over and chronicled what was happening.
At 6:22 last night, David drew his last breath and was finally at peace. He was released from his suffering and went to the place where all of us, as humans, will eventually go. It is our one shared destiny.
His writings were inspiring to all who read them, and it wasn't hard to get something valuable out of them. Focus on what's important. Stay optimistic. Make a positive contribution. Never give up.
In the end, I don't like to think that he did give up. Nor did he "lose" his "battle" with cancer. It was never a fair fight. Maybe there was a reason for it. It did enabled him to use his gifts and serve as an valuable voice for those who have dealt with or will deal with the same thing. Perhaps that was his purpose for being here in the first place. I'm sure it's little solace to his family now, but I like to imagine that sometime in the future, another brain cancer survivor will find inspiration in his story enough to thank David's family personally.
Maybe that's just me being overly sentimental. Could be, but I have faith it will happen. I'm staying optimistic.
Like David did.