Something always happens, doesn't it? Whether good or bad events happen that change, shape the way we plan things out. These events can be major for the nation, such as the events that transpired in Boston; or these events can rock the world of a new family.
Last week, a Vet Med student from K-State, a kid I had a class with in undergrad, became a new father. He and his wife were married just a short time before my husband and I and they were so excited. But something happened. During the growth and development, some sort of mutation occurred, and Landon is one of four children with a subdural hygroma; perhaps the only child born with this condition. Trent and Karen created a blog to document the little victories in Landon's life. As it stands doctors aren't fully sure of this little one's life expectancy. Trent is so transparent in his blog, and although I work with students with special needs and have other strong ties to individuals with disabilities as well, I cannot begin to imagine what this family is going through.
Trent shared something last night that I thought was fitting for this linkup. Trent is talking about the possibility of a gene mutation that could have caused the difficulties that Landon is facing.
"Upon finding out that Landon was a 'mutant', I joked to Karen that we should find Professor Xavier's number, we have a new member for the X-Men! In reality, I would love for Landon's mutation to have given him a superpower, a gift that would make him a world hero and role model. But maybe instead of the ability to fly or x-ray vision, Landon was given the power to teach us things we can never learn in a classroom: compassion, love, patience, and hope. To cherish the moments we have and the victories we win. To traverse our difficult times with grace and faith. Landon may not be able to jump over buildings. Realistically, he may never have the chance to learn to crawl, and yet, in my eyes, he is more of a hero to me than any comic book protagonist. If we could all embrace this lesson of love and benevolence, what need do we have of crime fighter? Landon's lesson is that we can all be heroes to someone else each day because we usually don't need saving from an evil mad scientist. Usually we need a hug, a kind word, a held door, or friend to reminisce with."
What a perspective and truly profound thought. Go be somebody's hero today.
If you would like to read more about this family. There blog can be found here. Prayers would be appreciated, but if you feel the urge to do more, some of the K-State students have come together to support this family and built up a site to raise support, it can be found here.