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Offline: Eighty Years Young

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Hi, friends. Today’s post is near and dear to my heart. Today, I’m talking about my grandfather or, more affectionately as I refer to him, Poppy. If you didn’t already know, about six months ago, Poppy was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, Mesothelioma. He worked for many years as a stone mason and during one or more of his projects, he was exposed to asbestos which eventually formed into cancerous tumors in his lungs.

Recently, I made an ask on social media to help me make Poppy’s upcoming eightieth birthday special by sending him eighty cards for his eightieth birthday. To say I was overwhelmed by the response would be an understatement. Within hours, dozens of you had reached out, excited to particpate and make someone else’s day a little brighter.

With everything going on in the world, social media, for many, has quickly become a place of divisiveness and hate. However, I’ve always believed that social media can also be used for good and that people, if given the opportunity, will choose kindness. Thank you all for choosing kindness. 

Although I’m not quite sure yet if we reached our goal, more importantly, we exceeded his expectations and made is eightieth birthday one he’ll never forget. Poppy has received over fifty cards to date and is still receiving cards almost daily. He’s received cards from all around the U.S. and even from several other countries around the world.  

If Poppy could, he would respond to each of you individually. However, as he can’t, he has instead given me a message to share with you all because he was touched so deeply by your kindness. He says: 

“None of you knew me and yet you reached out to send beautiful birthday cards with hand written caring messages to help me celebrate my 80th birthday.  Your thoughtfulness was overwhelming and I will never forget the feelings I had when I opened all of your cards. 

Cori has terrific friends and because of her I feel that you and I are friends as well.

Love,

John Loye aka Poppy”

I’d also like to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who sent Poppy a card. Thank you to everyone who took the time to let my grandfather know that he helped raise a kind and caring person. Your gesture not only made his day but it also brought him so much comfort to know that while he might not always be able to be around that I’ll have so many amazing people like you all around. 

Life is short, friends. So, go send someone you care about a card. Compliment a stranger. Use social media to disseminate knowledge and truth and to accomplish good. Most importantly, use every day as an opportunity to choose kindness. 

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Life is not meant to be lived alone, so please let me know if I can ever walk alongside you on your journey. 

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Photo credit: Chrissy Corrado