As Thanksgiving approaches, I wanted to give thanks for the friendship I was blessed to have with my friend, Ron, who passed away years ago due to complications with sickle cell anemia. We knew each other from high school, as we had some classes together and he always had a kind spirit about him. He was the epitome of Zen while being able to crack a smile and a joke at a moment's notice.
Thank you for sharing this touching remembrance of your friend Ron. It reminds us to be thankful for the people in our lives, and for life itself. When I was very young, I had a friend with MD or MS named Lynn. She didn't go to school and couldn't get out of her wheelchair, but I'd bring flowers, leaves and even small creatures and put them on her tray for her to enjoy. She was always smiling. Although her speech was impossible to understand, you could tell how happy she was almost all of the time. Now that I'm older, I understand there was not a single thing wrong with Lynn's mind - she knew she was dying, yet she made the most of every single day. Thank you for reminding me how grateful I was to have Lynn in my life. Like your friend Ron, she taught me to make the most of even a short life. Thank God for bringing us such inspiring and loving friends.
Yes, life is short and you never what the next person is going through in silence! Glad to know you are using your platform to allow others to give Thanks! Kudos to you!
Beautiful tribute to your friend, Adam. Thank you for sharing it with us. Have a blessed Thanksgiving. 🤍
Rest in peace, Ron. Thank you for sharing this story.
He is with you every day.
Adam, thank you for sharing this touching tribute to Ron. In spite of the global turbulence around us, we all need to stop for a moment and show gratitude for what we had and what we have, and pray for the fortitude to graciously and humbly accept what the future holds for us.
On a personal note, decades ago when I worked on a pain management unit in a renowned city hospital network, our youngest inpatient was a beautiful girl with SCA who had the most soulful, heavenly singing voice and was in so much pain when she was admitted. It’s so tough to celebrate the holidays when you’re stuck in a hospital during the holidays, let alone working the holidays because you’re junior staff. Yet our small team threw an impromptu party for our patients. Our sweet SCA patient sang holiday tunes so happily, she brought us all to tears. Forty years later, I’m still moved by that moment and am so grateful for our sweet patient entering my life. That is a moment I’ll never forget.
Thank you for sharing this touching story, which certainly puts things in perspective. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
All I can say is; thank you for the share, sorry for your loss and this world need more folks like Ron 💜🙏🏼😊🤗
These personal life stories are the best Adam. Don't get me wrong, I love when you write about other topics, including the controversial topics of the moment. But these heartfelt, personal life experiences are so human and so honest. These very human stories are the things that bind us. They completely transcend all the other things that work to divide us. Such stories are always welcome in my Inbox. Thanks again!!
What a beautiful tribute.