Due to the overwhelming doom and gloom in the news these days, I decided to take on Rob’s challenge (My God, My Music, My Life) to share a couple of news stories I have read recently that actually made me smile. There is still good in this world… it’s a shame we have to search so hard to actually find it. That being said, no need to search for good news, I’ve done it for you! Hope you enjoy!!
A CBS tower camera in Lincoln, Nebraska got an up-close-and-personal look at their neighborhood hawk.
(How cute is this! This hawk’s best friend is the camera!!)
Shared from goodnewsnetwork.org: This tea-riffic police officer wasn’t just attending this adorable party to get free Oreos – it was a celebration of the day he saved one 2-year-old’s life in 2015.
Almost a year before the photo was taken, Corporal Patrick Ray was dispatched on a call to save 22-month-old Bexley Norvell from choking on a coin. Thanks to his quick actions, the little girl was able to breath again, while the officer’s bodycam filmed the whole scene.
Bexley’s mother – eternally grateful for her daughter’s hero – invited the policeman back to their house a year later to celebrate with some tea at their home in Rowlett, Texas.
Chelle Cates, a professional children’s and newborn photographer, captured some snapshots of the adorable exchange to commemorate the anniversary.
(Awww… two strangers who will now share a lifetime bond!)
Shared from sunnyskyz.com: A man in Lawrence, Kansas, suffered a medical emergency while working in his yard and was rushed to the hospital. The members of Engine 1 stayed behind to finish his yard work for him in the hot August sun.
(Thank you, First Responders, for always going above and beyond!)
Shared from huffingtonpost.com: One man is helping kids find a little joy.
Jason Haney, a construction foreman, hides a life-size cutout he made of Where’s Waldo on site every day for kids who are staying at a hospital next door to find.
“It’s just for the kids to get their minds off of things,”Haney told The Huffington Post. “I just wanted them to have fun.”
Haney, who is working on a $50 million expansion at Memorial Children’s Hospital, got the idea after he and workers got word that a snowman they had built on the site last winter delighted patients and staff. Soon after that, Haney placed a blow-up snowman and a blow-up Sponge Bob Square Pants for the kids to see. Then a co-worker gave him a brilliant idea.
“He came up to me, and was kind of joking around, and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if there was a Waldo up here?’” Haney told HuffPost. “And I thought, ‘Yeah, that’s kind of cool.’ Then the idea sat in my head for a little while and I was like, ‘I’m going to make him, I’m going to do it!’”
Haney took a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood, drew the outline of the iconic children’s book character and cut it out. With the help of his teenage daughter, Taylor — who needed extended care at another children’s hospital when she was 3 years old due due to a stroke — they painted the plywood red and white until Waldo came to life.
In April, Haney debuted Waldo on the site, placing it within eye shot for pediatric patients on the sixth floor to see.
And just like the famous books, Waldo was a hit.
“He’s eight-feet tall and a pain in the butt to move around sometimes,” Haney admitted. “He’s 50, 60 pounds and he’s awkward to carry. But it’s worth it for the kids.”
(What a fabulous way to keep these children entertained! It’s the little things that count and will always be remembered!)
(all stories and associated photos are credited to their respective websites)