Thursday, April 1, 2010

Not an April Fool's joke

Even the most divisive of forums can offer a story that bridges what divides us.

Such was the case a couple weeks ago in the Voice section, when William Sutton — whose sometimes partisan opinion has found its way into the pages of the Press — wrote us once again. Not to talk about the latest in health care reform, but to share a personal story about his family and its final days with his dog, Rocky.

After it published, Sutton received a deluge of support. Touched, he sent this reply:

For all those that wrote to the Tracy Press Forum, I want to express my deep appreciation for their kind words, concern and compassion about my wife's and my loss about our dog, Rocky and also to Jon Mendelson of the Tracy Press for his caring and thoughfulness.

Right now, getting another dog is out of the question, but will consider getting a new pet in the future. I have to let this grieving period run its course. I don't know how long that will be, but right now it is going to take time. It's said that time heals all wounds.

... Other animal lovers have had to put their pets down and go through the same grieving process. It's good for them to know that they are not alone in their suffering with other personal problems. We all have our troubles in life and no one escapes the negative and more serious things that people face daily compared to one losing a litle dog.

People can get bogged down with all the rhetoric language that goes on these days in the political arena. Sometimes it's good to take a break from politics and all the bickering and outright lies and false statements that comes with it and recognize and realize that there are human experiences, trials and tribulations that ordinary people everywhere deal with every day.

Sometimes, those petty divisions seem to be exactly what they are — petty.

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