Grace and optimism – lottery winners pay for a new leg
August 3rd, 2012
It’s a wonderful story of humanity and kindness and I would recommend you watch this brief news item video on the BBC’s site. Unfortunately I can’t embed it.
The generosity of the Weirs is touching – particularly when so many lottery players seem to say they would do good deeds with any winnings and so few seem to do so (that’s a little anecdotal and I don’t mean to belittle any who do follow up on this). There’s one thing on the video which caught my eye and ear though.
About 1:05 into the video they interview Kieran’s mum, Nicola, who is understandably astounded by the gift. She says:
“It’s been surreal, like a dream. I keep waiting for someone to pinch us and wake us up. Things like this don’t happen to us. We do not get good luck – at all.”
At this point an off-camera voice – which I presume to be Kieran – interrupts and says “I do”.
Yes it would be better if the prosthetic wasn’t necessary but it is. Here’s the thing though – this story made the news and touches our hearts because of the generosity, humility, determination and optimism of those involved. Maybe that’s because we wish there were more occurrences of these things in the world. Then again perhaps we could let this story inspire us to make that so.
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