I'm sitting here in the hospital as sounds of the KU game echo in the background; I look at my dear friend laying in the bed and whose hand I have been holding much of the day. Every so often he wakes up and put his arms out as a way of telling me that he wants a hug. As I bend down to give him one, he whispers "I love you."
You see, this dear friend that I talking about it not like you and I. In fact, there hasn't been a day in his life that he hasn't seen adversity; strange looks; suffering and challenges. He is incredibly special. And I feel lucky to know him.
He has his own family, but they have very little interest in his life. To him, those of us sitting around his hospital bed are his family. If you could see us now you wouldn't think we looked anything alike, but if you looked much deeper than that, you would realize that we do.
I have always known that my life would be spent helping people like my dear friend find a better way of life; a sense of meaning in this world the rejects them; and love; but it has never been more clear than today they are, in fact, helping me.