Tweeted over the weekend to having received a very poignant email from the wife of a man named Ron Richmond.
He and his wife, Ha, were visiting Seattle on vacation from Massachusetts back in July of 2008. They were taking the ferry over to Bainbridge with their two kids when I encountered Ron feeding the seagulls pieces of bread from his hand. This seemed kind of Superman-ish to me b/c I'd worry about them nipping at my fingertips, but Ron was unphased by it.
Ha informed me that Ron passed away from cancer last year, and the news absolutely broke me up. Through their blog, I learned so much about the man so many cared about, and the resiliency he and his family showed until his eventual passing.
My best friend died at 19 from leukemia which was devastating. The first instance really that I -- and my friends -- realized we were not invincible. A lot of folks, me included, sweat the small things that really don't matter all that much, and Ha's message really grounded me back down to the reality of what's important.
With that, I ask two things of anyone that happens to be reading this:
1) hug your wife/husband/domestic partner/boyfriend/girlfriend. Squeeze your son/daughter/mom/dad/friend today. Tell them how much they mean to you.
2) give blood any time you have the opportunity to as this saves lives.
Ha asked if I had any pictures of him from that day, and I did which brought great satisfaction to me knowing that she had more images of the man she so deeply loved. Better still, I had one piece of footage from that day.