Jean and Al T

I am nominating Al and Jean, now in their 70s, for the utter compassion (as well as courage, determination, and commitment, and sacrifice) they have shown in caring for their now 29-year-old grandson, who is paralyzed from the chest down, with severe cerebral palsy and mental retardation. They have loved and nurtured him tenderly (while taking care of all of his daily needs including catherization) since he was one-year-old, through 45 major surgery and many, many health problems. They gave up their business to move him to a warmer climate and devote all their time to him. One surgeon told me, "There's no medical reason for his survival. It's the love they give."

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Anonymous NOVEMBER 13, 2007
That is really cute. Your mom is smart. :-) This is a really good reminder that usually the very best way to change our thoughts is through action. Great!

Lily I. from Ohio, USA OCTOBER 30, 2007
This is so true! We all have days when it's hard to see the sunshine in our lives through life's storms - it is a blessing when we have someone to remind us that there is still some good in the world...if we are wise, we will become strong enough to hold on to the gift, even through the squall, and will help soneone else who is having trouble seeing through those "endless" clouds.

Jossy A. from Lagos, Nigeria OCTOBER 15, 2007
Touching, comforting. Thanks for sharing this.

Amal from Kuwait SEPTEMBER 24, 2007
That is so true and honest; it's just what i experience when am totally sad and upset but all that people see is me smiling. Giving is much greater then taking.

Claire A from Ireland AUGUST 4, 2007
This story brought tears to my eyes. It brightened up my day.

Suzgo A. from Blackburn, United Kingdom JUNE 24, 2007
What a touching story. You never lose by being good to others. It has inspired me a lot. Thanks.

Lee Chewsun from China APRIL 29, 2007
I was shined sunshine on a rainy day by this great passage

MushiraH from Bangladesh APRIL 4, 2007
That's so true & so great!!!

Jeff Redd from Texas APRIL 2, 2007
this a good pick me up to know that good deeds do pay off somewhere down the line. Even if you don't receive something physically, you will get paid back some other way.

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