Every once in a while some random event occurs somewhere, and it has an unexpected and surprising impact on how you look at the world. Dear Elena is one of those things.
I don't know Dan and Kim. I don't even know the people who know them -- it's only through the blogs I read that I even came upon their story, even as it was unfolding this week. Yet in them we see the reality every parent dreads, and see hope. Godspeed Elena. You've touched us all.