Monday, April 22, 2013

Hazel (Power) - A Dedication to Boston

Every so often, moments come by to sweep us off our feet to remind us of the magnitude of life. Last week was one of those moments, stretched out over the course of a week in Boston, the city I called home for 4 years. Through tragedy, and the triumph over tragedy, we all witnessed the power of the human spirit. I was reminded of a sentence Hazel shared in a story: "Don't underestimate the power of the human spirit."

Originally we shared the story Here in September 2010, but it's got to be shared again. I feel like this story may help us heal. Boston, today we dedicate this story to you.


With the welcoming of returning soldiers from Iraq, memories of wars past crowd my mind. One in particular really makes a point. A veteran of World War II who was a paramedic was driving his ambulance across a bridge in Düsseldorf, Germany. Little did he know that the bridge was mined. The explosives blew him into the water below. Although we were fighting the Germans, two German ladies pulled him to safety until help appeared. He was flown to Valley Forge hospital, were he remained for nine months. He lived an extremely beautiful life to a ripe old age. Don’t underestimate the power of the human spirit.

Coming up next, a full collection of stories about another special city, Philadelphia - inspired by recent conversations that our seniors had with college students around the country.