It’s remarkable how certain stories catch our eye and we instantly develop an emotional attachment. The other day Nick’s Mom shared a link on her Facebook page titled A Love Story in 22 Pictures that touched mine and Nick’s life very deeply.
The link tells the story of Taylor Morris, a soldier severely injured overseas just 5 months ago, and his girlfriends undying support. To say the very least: we can relate.
That evening Nick spent a few hours reading through Taylor and Danielle’s story. They share the kind of love that Nick and I do, and when I look at their pictures I can see the familiar pain in their eyes that is impossible to hide, even with the most sincere feelings of gratitude and love.
Long after I fell asleep Nick was still reading. He sent Taylor an email, feeling compelled to reach out and let them know they’re not alone, how inspirational they are, and that he’s here to “relate” with if Taylor wants.
This simple gesture of kindness is not new to us. We were contacted by thousands of people after Nick’s accident. Many, many friends from our past came forward to offer support, and just as many strangers outstretched their compassion as well. We got so many emails and blog messages that I just couldn’t keep up. There were so many unanswered emails, I just couldn’t seem to keep everything in order.
Two days after sending that email to Taylor, Nick got a personal reply back from Danielle thanking him for his support. Wow. Their story went viral, reaching hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom sent emails, and Danielle took her precious time to write Nick back. I’m floored. I know they have a friend weeding through emails, so only some get through to Taylor and Danielle, but still, I know she has a lot on her plate, and I’m really impressed that she took the time to connect.
Today marks 16 months since Nick’s accident and life is getting a lot easier. I wouldn’t want to go back in time to the 5 months mark where Taylor and Danielle are. No way. But what I do wish, is that I could push rewind and make a bigger priority of responding to and thanking our supporters who sent emails, cards, and donations.
I know I’ve said Thank You a hundred different ways on my blog, but that just can’t quite compare to the feeling of a heart felt, personal thank you like the one Nick received from them. Thank you friends, because without you, we wouldn’t have made it… and I hope you all know that. We love you!
Before hitting Submit on this blog post, I stumbled across this awesome story of Taylor’s homecoming as told by his best friend (make sure you have tissues handy). I’m just flooded with emotion right now. Their story is so beautiful.