|The Todd Tree is Thriving|
February 16th would have been my middle brother Todd's 52d birthday. To commemorate his birthday and celebrate his life, I planted an acorn from a Seeds of Life kit. The kit was provided with great compassion by my colleagues at Armed Forces Services Corporation (AFSC).
On Easter, I published a photo of the first glimpse of the seedling poking up through the soil and moss. The accompanying text featured a timely quote from Mark Nepo's Book of Awakening.
Ninety days after Todd's birthday, in the middle of Brain Tumor Awareness Month, I took the above photo. This shows that--since first peeking above the ground on Easter--Todd's tree is thriving. The framed photo of Todd is his memorial brochure. He seems to appreciate his seedling's progress.
I do not understand cancer. I cannot bring my brother back. The mysteries of life and death are beyond my comprehension. I cannot explain why the spark of life left my brother in the middle of his extraordinary life. I do not understand how the spark of life was ignited in that little acorn, the seed from a far away red oak tree.
Like the acorn, I am planted in dark despair and buried in cold uncertainty. In the midst of eternal emptiness, some mysterious spark speaks to me. Do the best I can with what I have where I am.
- honor my brother's memory.
- nurture the seedling that is now a living memorial, and someday plant it in the forest near my home.
- surrender my ego-driven desire to know and understand, and accept some things on faith. The seed cracks open without understanding why.
- show compassion to others in the fight--patients, caregivers, and family
- trust science and support those working to find a cure.
May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month. You can join the fight to find a cure for brain tumors:
- promote awareness about brain tumors;
- help fund brain tumor research; and
- reach out to patients and caregivers who are in the fight.