The little boy with brown hair, freckles,
and a delightfully crooked smile,
Tumors grew suddenly
in his young brain
causing horrible headaches
that made him cry inconsolably for hours
and feel very tired and cranky.
The tumors began to push against areas
that even altered his cheerful disposition,
so the small boy often felt irritable,
fearful and anxious,
throwing tantrums unexpectedly
that caught his loving parents by surprise.
The hospitals near the family
were unable to help the child
with his rare form of cancer
and referred them
to a specialized program,
with a good success record,
that was far away from where they lived.
They drained their bank accounts
to buy airline tickets
to fly back and forth
for treatments and procedures.
As the boy had very good parents
who were always thoughtful
and sensitive to the needs
they spared not the rod
and turned their son’s bottom red
on flights they took from their home
to the hospital.
For medical reasons,
their darling son
could not be sedated for flights
and would inevitably
begin to fuss, cry, and yell,
throwing his toys in anxiety.
His excellent father,
in order to ensure the comfort
of the people seated nearby,
would pull of his belt
and smack his son
until the boy finally would quiet down,
which would only happen
after the child was beaten
as he was otherwise unable
to stop himself through willpower,
the fear of God, or sterling character
because it was the tumors
working on his brain
causing the meltdowns.
since the brown-haired boy
had such remarkable parents,
everyone was always able
to have a peaceful, pleasant flight
(with one, small, freckled exception).
Post Script: To the little boy and his family that are featured in a video gone viral on the internet about an incident on a plane, I stand with you and send my love and support to you. No one really knows what is happening in the lives of others. How about we try and create a more wonderful world for everyone by judging, shaming, and criticizing less and instead be helpful, compassionate, and loving towards one another?!