Sunday, January 16, 2011

Thank you Mr & Mrs Green

This story (link here) about how Christina Taylor Green's parents donated their daughter's organs to save the lives of others really warmed my heart this morning.  Since I got my first driver's license, I've always been a consenting organ donor.  The conspiracy theorists who say that an organ donor card is just carte blanche for paramedics and ER physicians to begin the process of disseminating your organs to others are about as accurate as the malarkey of 'the Jews caused 9-11'.  Christina Taylor green's death was tragic, violent, and senseless, but I am heartened to see that some good could come out of it. 

"That’s what I believe, in part because that’s what a child like Christina Taylor Green believed.  Imagine, imagine here for a moment, a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just beginning to glimpse that someday she too might play a part in shaping her nation’s future.  She had been elected to her student council; she saw public service as something exciting, something hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism, vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.
I want to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. I want America to be as good as she imagined it. All of us we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations." (transcript link here)

And now those eyes are helping another person see. Her young, healthy heart beating in someone elses chest.  Her lungs breathing in air to help sustain another young person.  Thank you, Mr & Mrs Green.

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