(credit) His Name is Earl blog
HIS NAME IS EARL/THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT EARL
My absolute favorite radio station is the publicly-funded CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), which I guess is the Canadian equivalent of NPR. CBC’s programs are absolutely amazing, interesting, life-affirming, and special. I have my favorite programs, and I learn so much about the world and its people.
I truly believe there are no such things a coincidences, that your mind conjures up what you need even when you don’t know it consciously. And so, recently, while washing dishes (my dishwasher is only used to store tupperware) I happened to listen to this story on the CBC Radio program “The Current” called “His Name Is Earl” by Suzanne Dufresne (listen HERE).
So incredibly touching, inspiring, and makes you laugh and cry and feel gooey inside. Here’s the synopsis from CBC:
You’ve probably heard the saying that sport is a metaphor for life … learning how to win and lose, how to be part of a team, how to struggle with adversity. But few people have experienced that metaphor quite like Earl Cook. He’s a 23-year-old hockey player from Winnipeg. He has struggled with disabilities almost from birth. He has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Tourette Syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
In spite of all that, he learned to play hockey and to love it. When cancer took one of his legs, Earl switched to sledge hockey. And along the way he has developed a unique relationship with Mike Babcock, the coach of the Detroit Red Wings. Earl Cook plays hockey the way he lives his life with a drive and passion few of us could match.
KUDOS TO EARL
I adore Mike Babcock already because he coached our National Canadian hockey team to a gold medal win during the Vancouver/Whistler Winter Olympic Games in 2010. Now my affection for the Red Wings has blossomed (which doesn’t make me feel guilty because they’re part of the Original Six) after this story — how easily coerced am I, ha!
And Earl. Oh Earl Cook is an inspiration. More importantly, his story made me think twice about the children I come across who are written-off because of their ADD/ADHD tendences and/or FAS/FASD issues. I truly thank Earl for that. PS: His blog is His Name Is Earl (HERE)
* UPDATE: Earl died peacefully from health complications on September 18, 2011. He was only 23 years old. More info at CBC.