Often in the morning, when I’m on a particularly extended computer, email and Internet jag, I’ll have the TV news on in the background. It allows me to pretend that I’m learning something, that I’m actually doing something of at least a little value instead of completely throwing away my time as goofing off on the Internet often makes me feel I’m doing.
This morning, as I was on it later than I’d wanted to be (it was sometime after 8 a.m.
), I flipped onto the “news” show, ABC Good Morning, America*
for a few minutes. I truly “love” Robin Roberts
, who, like Rachel Maddow
and fewer than a handful of others, really stands out for me both for her humanity (hu-womanity
) and her substance, in striking contrast to all the Stepford anchor-fluff artists who nowadays impersonate serious news people.
In any event, Robin Roberts, who not all that long ago apparently withstood a battle with breast cancer, in a couple of weeks will be taking an extended leave to undergo a bone marrow transplant from her sister. Turns out that after she’d survived the depredations of the fight with breast cancer, she recently was diagnosed as having some rare blood disorder. Knowing that makes seeing her, these days, all the more poignant.
The reason I’m taking the time to post about all this at all is because when I did flip onto that “news” show, it just so happened that I caught the last two or three minutes of this story
. It was so touching and the people involved so incredibly likeable and sympathetic, that not only did it bring tears to my eyes (and make me think of super-cherished and inexpressibly important friends of mine, one whom I lost to leukemia, the other who survived one of those incredibly scary and risk-filled bone marrow transplants), it just so much made me want to share it.
There are often stories, pretty much in the same vein as this, to the point we become somewhat inured to them and maybe don’t pay all that much attention when we run across them. I know I don’t. But this one was so affecting and the people involved were so beautiful to me, I don’t know. I just thought it was worth posting and giving you a chance to see if you wanted to take the time to check it out. (You wouldn’t even have to watch the whole video. You could move the pointer in the video to about the 3 minute 20 second mark or even after
, which is where the interview was when I happened upon it).
It probably goes without saying that I responded to this as strongly as I did, at least in part, because of the sweetness I felt in seeing that not only the two people had been complete strangers (so this seemed to be about total “unselfishness”
), but also very likely because it was an instance of members of two different races coming together in caring, compassion, and connection. And of course, I always love that whenever I get to see it.This other link/video is of one I found and watched after seeing the other story. After watching this second one and the other one, even if a person had never heard of Robin Roberts before, I don’t know how anyone could help but wish this woman well.* I don’t think I ever watched that show (coming from the days of Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, etc., I generally won’t watch fluffy “news” shows that seem more geared to audience pandering and pleasing management and the advertisers than they are devoted to objectively disseminating important news stories) before I’d read on the Internet about the raw deal that one of the woman anchors on a competing “news” show had been given by her network and her fellow anchor. So, partly in solidarity with her but mostly, because I just really love one of the staples on Good Morning, America, Robin Roberts, those occasional times I’ll have the news on after 7:30 in the morning, I’ll sometimes turn the channel to catch a little of her.