We have learned that life goes on. We have learned that life is uncertain and tomorrow is something we don't take for granted. And we have learned about the generosity of others.
I don't ever really talk about it but my dad and brother are kind of a big deal in the performance boat industry. My dad invented something called a "step-design" hull which is what makes our boats go faster than the competition. My brother improved on it. It's like somebody mentioning Stephanie Pearl McPhee - the average person may not know who she is but ask a knitter and ya, you know. And so it is when you mention Mike Fiore. Anybody in the industry knows him and what him and my dad have accomplished.
With that in mind there was a foundation set up for my nieces and nephew so that their college expenses would be taken care of. The donations have been incredible. More than we ever thought it would be. And it keeps going. The most recent act of kindness has been this painting.
It was done with the intention of it being auctioned at a later date. The likeness is incredible. The thought that somebody took so much time (he has been working on it for months) to donate this just takes me back. A beacon of light amidst a lot of darkness.
And that indeed is something to be thankful for.