I met Bill and Nancy Keuntje on a train in 2017. They’re a warm couple who were kind to this old lady and very worth keeping in touch with. (I think they live in New Jersey.) Bill collects miniature toys and promised to send me some — and immediately did so. He also composes beautiful music, some of which I get to listen to on my computer.
‘I’m just a blue-collar guy who’s made it to age 70 and knows but for the grace of others, I would be much worse off.’ Bill says humbly, but he’s no ordinary guy. So, during his recent chemo treatment for cancer, Bill thought about all those who gave him love and support during the harrowing experience and wrote this for all those who love and supported him:
And I don’t know what special is –
Don’t know why it is –
How just a moment alone or among a crowd,
Can become the why of a lifetime –
How sometimes it appears…. or just happens –
How the solitude of a whisper within a passing cloud
Can become the dominant essence that pervades and envelopes
That which wasn’t there just a thought ago –
But I do know what’s special –
The value that it holds, the power it possesses –
How it can overwhelm and dominate –
Or be the gentle note a bird might sing as glimmers of the
first light of day appear –
The first breath of a newborn today.
And I do know that it’s always there –
Impatiently waiting – biding its time –
Needing to nourish – to be nourished –
Whether by a congregation of souls
Or an unknown entity X-degrees separate,
Alone and distant within the depths of a shadow
But more importantly, I know the Who –
Maybe not by name or familiarity –
Couldn’t pick it out of a crowd, for the crowd might be it –
But you are there – amongst the throng
As a color within a rainbow graced by its hue –
Unique as a dewdrop upon a blossom kissed by the sun.
Yes, you are special! More so than you realize!
Yes, you are special! More than you could ever imagine!
YOU ARE SPECIAL!!!!
You can send Bill good wishes for complete recovery directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish your friend Bill a speedy recovery and a life full of love and gratitude.
Warm regards,, Shermila
Thank you Shermila: Bill is thrilled at the kindness of strangers. Here’s hoping all our wishes bring him good things….
What a touching words! I hope Bill recovers fully and quickly!
Thank you Ann: So do I. He’s a special guy.
I will remember Bill as the wonderful and awesome person he is. A kind and gentle soul who has touch many lives with his ability to make everyone feel special.
How right you are! By now Bill has made it through several series of treatments and he and his lovely wife Nancy have moved to be near their daughter. He’ll appreciate your good wishes.