Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Noah Pozner: Christmas 2012
A woman sent the girls a beautifully kept old-fashioned teddy bear which looks like a gentleman farmer. She wrote: "This bear belonged to my mother. She passed away when I was seventeen. It helped me overcome the pain, and I do not need him anymore. We thought you could name him Noah..." A bear to cherish and maybe one day pass along to another grieving family.
Someone sent a child-size teddy bear with paws long enough to wrap around a child's body. He is said to thrive on hugs. The girls have drawn comfort from his soft and cuddly presence. They called him Noah-Bear and last thing I heard they were plotting to feed him pretend tacos.
The girls also received tiny toys and ornaments which had once belonged to a woman's great-grandchildren, now too old to play with them. They were in perfect condition. Because the assortment was random, we could almost imagine these long-ago kids going through their toys and deciding which would be most likely to bring comfort and joy. The girls held them in their hands and a light came into their eyes.
As a family we received thousands of comforting letters, messages and comments from all over the world: each and everyone of them helped. Thank you!
The tragedy has already made something very clear to us: there are many more good people than bad in this world. They don't get written up or talked about because they act quietly and do not seek fame or recognition. Their only motivation is love. Noah was all about love. We feel his spirit in each of these gestures.