Friday, May 26, 2017

Paying it Forward #WATWB

What goes around, comes around. Treat others the way you want to be treated. We hear these sayings all our lives. I sometimes wonder just how much affect they have in what my father would call a "dog eat dog world."

But then I heard a short story on a local morning news story that spun my world around.

For my third contribution to the We Are The World Blogfest, I offer a story about a couple. the Ertls, who lost their child in the worst possible way -- as if there's a good way to lose a child -- through kidnapping and murder, and in the midst of their trauma and grief took notice of the way people rallied to support them, help them.  Family and friends, of course, but who really surprised them were the strangers that sent their compassionate prayers and support.

I remember seeing the news story about Alayna Ertl's disappearance last year. Learning what a sweet little girl she was only made the news of her kidnapping and murder a blacker hole that the world had fallen into. What do you do when your child has been ripped away from you?

The Ertls have defied the expected. My local CBS news broadcast the story earlier this week of what Alayna's parents chose to do to honor their child instead of lashing out in their pain. It is an example of paying it forward, of giving the best their humanity, as you'll see here: 

The last Friday of every month a group of bloggers spread some peace, love, and positive thinking about humanity by sharing stories of the best of humanity. This month's blogfest is hosted by
Emerald Barnes,  Eric Lahti, Inderpreet UppalLynn HallbrooksPeter Nena, Roshan Radhakrishnan. Visit their blogs to learn more!


Deborah Weber said...

What a beautiful tribute of love. When people can navigate tragedy and end up with hearts wide open and giving it truly IS a gift of light to us all. Thank you for sharing this story.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gina - what a great story line ... what a wonderful way of giving to help a family have a happy life, even though their daughter was taken away in horrific circumstances. Fantastic to read about ... out of darkness, comes positivity and light for them ... and for the family with their cancer free daughter. Thanks so much for letting us know - cheers Hilary

Gina said...

I do wish the story had been longer with more detail. But even in its brevity, it has a lot of power. Thanks all for the comments!

Simon Falk said...

What a truly beautiful family with monumental hearts. Thanks for sharing, Gina Simon’s Still Stanza #WATWB