My brother died suddenly in December of 2002. It was a horrible time for all of his family and none of us has ever really recovered, but I think it hit my nephew Joe – then 16 – worst of all. It’s not exaggerating to say that we were desperately concerned about him graduating from high school, and what would happen after that.
Joe was a lost soul for a time… not that he was completely lost without hope, but his family was not happy with some of the things he did. But he has found his way. I can’t tell you all how proud I am of him. He will be forever changed when he finishes walking the Pacific Crest Trail in the fall. Here is a video, Glow in The Dark, where PCT hikers walk at night with glow sticks, in support of a woman named Patti who walks the trail inbetween her chemo treatmeats.
I was just thinking that of all the trails in this life there is one that matters most. It is the trail of a true human being. I think you are on this trail and it is good to see. – Kicking Bear, Dances With Wolves.
Joe is at 1:41 and 2:07.
EDIT: Unfortunately the video is no longer publicly available. But I am still wildly proud of Joe.