CNN was bound and determined to make me cry this morning. First, they ran the story of Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, a former Olympic gold-medalist swimmer for the U.S. who has been paralyzed in an accident. She was inspirational and so positive and the type of story that makes you tell yourself that your first-world problems can be overcome if she can overcome this.
Then we get the story of Jake Daniels, a seven-year-old boy who beat Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and heard that David Quessenberry, a football player, has the same disease, so he made a Youtube video to inspire him.
Finally, to really get the tears flowing, commercials come on and it’s a commercial of a mother taking care of a special needs boy. You see his struggles, and her struggles to help him, all the while filling his life with love. She also mentions his stay in the NICU which always hits home for me after my own twins spent 2 1/2 months there.
I couldn’t even breath, I was trying to hold the tears back so hard. But no, we weren’t done yet. As I’m wiping moisture from my eyes, my six-year-old speaks up:
Minion #3: Mom, I want to be just like that little boy
Me: (Choking back more tears) Why is that buddy?
Minion #3: Because . . . he’s trying new things, just like he tried to pour his milk back in the container, but he spilled it, and that’s okay. I want to be like him.
Me: (seriously, I’m a waterfall) Well, that’s a good thing. And you can try new things too.
Minion #3: Yeah, he’s really special.
He didn’t mention the braces on the kid’s legs, or that the commercial shows him fighting his mom when they try to wash up for bed and brush his teeth. He didn’t point out his trouble walking or that the mom steps out on the porch after the boy is in bed because she needs a moment to collect herself. He saw that a little boy with difficulties was trying new things even though they were hard for him. If only we all could see the world through the eyes of my little boy!