Thursday, 28 July 2011

Behind Closed Doors

On my walk today I got talking to a bloke; he asked me how I was doing and what I was up to these days. This wasn't out of the ordinary, I had spoken to him many times before and simply saw him as a devoted family man.

I began to tell him about my book (Waiting for Wings - A Story of Hope) and he told me that him and his wife have taken in, and are caring for, an 18 month old boy with a brain disease.

He told me to follow him to his dining-room window. He knocked on the window and somebody from inside opened it.

He told me to poke my head in and see the boy they were caring for (unfortunately I've forgotten his name). A carer came to the window holding a boy with tubes coming out of his nose.

'Doctors gave him 6 months to live,' he said to me. 'It's been 18 months so far, in fact, it's nineteen now.' He smiled proudly.

I was really touched by this.

'They call him the miracle boy,' he said.

It made me think how we go about judging people, yet we have no idea what really goes on behind closed doors. Next time you find yourself judging someone, stop and just think for a moment that they might be looking after a miracle child back at home.

An open heart is capable of giving an infinite amount.


  1. i don't quite know how i found you - a link through facebook somewhere perhaps. i love your writing. i live in hope every day - i have a little girl with spinal muscular atrophy and write about her on my blog.
    you inspire me - just as i try to do for others - and am wondering if you would like to write a guest post for me?
    i chose this post to comment on because you are so right, you don't know what goes on behind closed doors just as you don't know what burden someone may be carrying with them.
    please take a look at my blog - it's small time but is in the top 20 most inspirational blogs at Britmums.

    1. I've JUST noticed your first message!! I do apologise. Please get in touch if you want to discuss anything, my email is I'm just about to look at your blog. Many thanks for your kind words, and well done for getting your blog in the 20 most inspirational blogs at Britmums :) That's great.

  2. you never did get back to me...
    hope that you don't mind but i'm going to include this post in my blog.

    1. I'm sorry I never got back to you. I'm a bit useless when it comes to replying to people when the comment on my blog. I must learn to check comments more often! Many thanks for including it in your blog :) Of course I don't mind. I hope you're well. Happy New Year! Take care. Gav.