One of the things that we perpetually try to instill into our young man is to think about how other people might feel. I guess that's my little attempt at raising an empathetic child who realizes that he may not, actually, be the center of the known universe and he may, actually, share his existence with other humans. We're working on it, and some days are more enlightening than others. But, to that end, I want to make you aware of an absolutely INCREDIBLE set of humans.
Short back-story: Matt and I went to this little private (religiously affiliated) university in the middle of corn-fields Indiana. The people there were, and remain to be, amazing people. Not your typical run-of-the-mill undergrads, but truly people with the ability and the desire to find ways to leave this world better than they found it. It's one of those places where, if you went there (or somewhere similar), you get it. We made some wonderful friends and have stayed in touch with a number of incredible people who have already made a difference. While I could go on about the inspiring things that many of our classmates have done with themselves, I wanted to share one of their challenges.
One of our college classmates recently had a baby. Much earlier than he or his wife were expecting to have a baby. His wife was having some issues with preeclampsia and needed to stop being pregnant in order to remain alive. So, her doctors delivered their little girl at 25 weeks 5 days via emergency c-section about 3 weeks ago. Don't worry, they're hanging in there. In fact, they're doing pretty well. G and his wife have truly shown their finest colors along this journey so far, and have decided to share it through a blog. So, go read it. Http://mommyofelise.blogspot.com (don't know how to make a hyperlink on this device...sorry) If you want the whole story, you have to read from the beginning, but, you won't regret it. It is written quite well and will probably elicit a tear or two, as you will undoubtedly be touched. For me, it shows that when you can't control the situation itself, you can control how you react to it (my dad's 'Happy Idiot' philosophy). And G and J's response to this situation is inspiring.