anyway, this picture is really the point of this blog. that’s erno. he’s 17, well over 6 ft, strikingly handsome, in short, gorgeous!
and he has hodgkins lymphoma.
one night a month ago, he was still playing on the school’s rugby team, the next morning he woke up with welts on his neck which turned out to be cancer. fortunately his prognosis is good and with treatment, he can look forward to a cure. he sat at my table with his dad and equally gorgeous mom who looked more like his sister. the event was a fundraiser for reach for a dream and his dream was to get a laptop which he was well-behaved enough not to rip open and inspect the moment he received it. of course, everyone else at the table had no such qualms and promptly encouraged him to do just that.
i guess what i’m saying is that i get it. due to my job, i get to make a small difference. and it doesn’t always mean that i jump off a cliff, or scrub toilets. sometimes just making the trek through traffic and showing up is also ok. because of erno and people like him. that’s why.
mr milton said it best: “they also serve, who only stand and wait.”