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Something Wonderful: The Wedding Within the War

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy — Max Ehrmann

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  • EX-Californian Pete October 26, 2020, 11:43 AM

    WOW. That is absolutely AWESOME.
    That made my great day even greater.

  • azlibertarian October 26, 2020, 11:57 AM

    Is this where we note that the least among us are still capable of bringing us joy, and that we bring the same joy to them, and how awful that the arguments in support of abortion really are?

    I have a nephew who is what we once described as “retarded”, but which today would be included on the autism spectrum. He’s in his early 40s, and has a whole bucket of physical and behavioral problems that have had to be controlled with a cocktail of medications. When his medications are working for him, he’s really a sweet kid….functionally about a 4 year old. When we meet, he’ll greet me with a great big hug, and then ask about what he understands about my life and how his cousins (my children) are doing. The conversation never lasts very long as he just doesn’t understand things nor does he have the capacity for it. But the thing is that his cocktail of meds are killing him…he’s in Stage 4 liver failure. He won’t last long, and no parent should have to bury a child, but I’m going to miss his hugs after God takes him back.

  • Auntie Analogue October 26, 2020, 12:09 PM

    “puddle of tears.”

    Oh, yes. You betcha!

  • Joe Krill October 26, 2020, 1:55 PM

    One of the most powerful pro-life videos I have ever seen. Thank you Gerard.

  • Jack October 26, 2020, 2:07 PM

    I blinked back tears over that one too. What a wonderful expression of love and sharing.!! Thanks GVL.

  • Dave October 26, 2020, 3:24 PM

    How do they get the onion fumes into a video? Technology is amazing.

  • steve walsh October 26, 2020, 4:04 PM

    Gorgeous, and, yes, there seems to be some dust in my eyes.
    We choose our attitude and our mood and our approach to life. Politics be damned, I will enjoy and strive to be happy.

  • Minta Marie Morze October 26, 2020, 5:22 PM

    I LOVE THIS!!!!! In the midst of a really scary world, a few moments of JOY!

    Thank you, Gerard!!

    (Did you catch the moment the groom did a huge “Whew! I pulled it off! And it’s even better than I thought it would be!”)

  • The Usual Suspect October 27, 2020, 6:36 AM

    Lump in my throat like a golf ball, tears. ..and I’m a tough guy? Not so much here. Best thing I’ve watched in six months. God Bless them all.

  • Annie Rose October 27, 2020, 8:08 AM

    I have had the privilege and joy of working with special needs children, teens, and adults and their families for over 25 years to help them with their speech and language skills. I cannot express how much they have taught me about life, humanity, gratefulness for even the simplest of things, and humility. Some of the things they have said to me are deeply profound. About 15 years ago, my fellow therapists and I began to realize that we only had 1 or 2 kids on our caseload with Downs Syndrome rather than the usual 5-10 each year. That’s when it dawned on us that most parents were being encouraged to abort them rather than face the challenges of raising them. I can certainly understand why families make that choice and I have great empathy for them. It is not an easy decision and it is their absolute right to make that decision. Children with more severe special needs are certainly challenging to raise and it can be heartbreaking for families to watch them struggle and take longer to learn to do the things that other children easily learn. Therapies, medications, and treatments can drain finances and insurance often doesn’t cover these costs. Even typically developing kids can be a total pain in the keister at times and break out hearts. Few people have had the opportunity to be around these kids or adults for any length of time. Many people don’t realize that children with special needs are beautiful and ultimately bring such joy to everyone who knows them, even those kids and adults with physical differences or who have degenerative terminal diagnoses. They help us realize that there is no real definition of what “normal” is. Each of us is special and unique and gloriously “abnormal” in our own way.

  • Sam L. October 27, 2020, 8:19 AM