An excerpt from a brilliant speech given by Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Adaptation”) set to images. Trust me, it’s more more inspiring than I’m capable of describing.
Celebrate your body, just by watching this video. Then celebrate with friends, by sharing it.
Lucille Clifton was a writer, an educator, and the Poet Laureate of Maryland. She passed away in 2010.
This picture is painful to look at, but what’s more painful is how words can hurt.
The judges are so taken aback by his voice that they compare it to Ed Sheeran’s…but then they hear his heartbreaking story.
Jaycob Curlee discovered his talent and passion for music when he was 14-years-old, but it wasn’t until he took America’s Got Talent stage in 2014 that he realized just how powerful his voice really was.
As he soulfully belts John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change,” every last person in the audience is transfixed on his unique sound. But it’s when the audition is over that the tears really start rolling.
“You sing with so much soul, like you’ve lived a life that’s longer than your years,” said judge Howie Mandel.
“Life hasn’t always been easy,” Jaycob confessed. “My childhood was pretty rough. Me and my sister both were in and out of foster homes. It started when I was 5, and it was kinda rough not knowing where you were gonna be or if anybody loved you. It kind of made me feel like I was just somebody’s luggage.”
But that’s not how this boy’s story ends. Watch his emotional audition below that closes with the sweetest sendoff from Mandel: “America’s Got Talent has now adopted you and America loves you too.”
When mom grabbed the “Y”I LOST it!!!
In a Facebook post by Love What Matters, Kaila Smith shared this amazing video along with a brief snippet of her story: “My sister and I were taken in by two lovely women and tonight for our mother’s birthday, she decided to ask if they would adopt her! I’m so happy to be a part of this amazing family.”
Talk about the BEST b-daypresent ever!! What a beautiful way to officially become part of the fam. Congrats to this lucky teen and her brand new mama!
She put her baby up for adoption at 16 years old and never saw her againuntil now…
After 34 years of anticipation, you’re about to watch one minute packed with all kinds ofCRAZYbeautiful love…
“At the age of 16, I gave a baby girl up for adoption…34 years later, after my youngest daughter expressed a deep desire to meet her sister, I began searching more intently. She had been searching for me, for many years, more so after her adoptive mother passed away 11 years prior. Her adoptive father passed away when she was 5, and she just wanted to find any family she had. I had made attempts throughout the 34 years but kept hitting brick walls, red tape, etc. When I found her, and made contact, we exchanged information, and there were details of the adoption that only she could have had/known…and I knew it was her. After the first phone call to her we spoke on the phone numerous times and began building a relationship. She and my youngest daughter planned a surprise visit and we met face to face for the first time.”
this hometown hero in action makes my wife and I want to be better
people. We are going to donate our time to the local soup kitchen as a
start. We hope you are moved to action also.
“When I come from work she is always ‘tired’. Now it’s me who has been at work doing stuff all day…”
Sometimes, working dads just don’t understand what it is their stay-at-home momsactually doall day while they’re out slaving away and making the money. Such was the case for Tony Emms.
His fiance always talked about being tired, but he never really got it…that is, until he walked in on this one day after work. That’s when it hit him.
Tony snapped a pic of thesnoozing mama and baby along with an eye-openingFacebook postthat has since went viral for all the right reasons. He wrote:
“I sometimes don’t give this woman the credit she is due, when I come from work she is always “tired” now it’s me who has been at work doing stuff all day, but lately I’ve been thinking what this amazing woman does while I’m out..surely she just sits with the baby and watches tv and has a chilled day right?
NO is the answer, when I leave for work she fears woken up by me and has to Spring straight in to action to get up and get her self sorted for the hectic day she has…so gets up baby is kicking off cause he is hungry but so is she, she doesn’t eat but baby does..then sits and plays with him, then changed a disgusting nappy, then plays again, he falls asleep..brilliant mummy can have a nap, no she doesn’t she does the washing, cleans up baby’s toys and starts washing the pots from the night before..baby wakes up and is hungry mummy hasn’t had breakfast but she still doesn’t eat she gets baby set for his lunch, after his lunch he then wants attention and plays…remember mummy still hasn’t eaten..all the cleaning she done earlier is now time wasted as baby’s toys are everywhere.
I come home from working and get annoyed that o have to tidy up and say mummy hasn’t done anything yet she has worked her ass of all day to make sure the baby is healthy and happy…if any other daddy’s out there feel like me think about what you’ve done and what mummy has done. Respect the mother of your child. She is a special type of human that has given up everything to bring up your baby. I truly love my 2 sleeping baby’s and they both deserve their rest. Charlotte Sperry“
Well said, Tony.What this dad intended to be a touching messageabout his hardworking woman turned into a viral mantra for mamas everywhere.
He’s overwhelmed by the attention it’s received, as he made clear in this follow-up Facebook post a couple days ago:
Not all moms are out making the money, but that doesn’t make them any less of a bread winner. We love seeing dads like Tony shower their woman with the love and appreciation she deserves.
Hey, that’s just about as good as a nap, right moms?!
I love this project. Photography got me through college and grad school dramas, and also some really sad times. It’s rad like that. Everyone should know what it’s like to see the world through a camera.
They were going home to get the clothes he was going to be buried in when she saw it…
Leland Shoemake was your typical 6-year-old boy who loved climbing trees and playing. While admittedlybeing an overprotective mom, one thing that Leland’s mother, Amber, didn’t want to do was to stop him from doing what he loved. Unfortunately, it was because of an amoeba in the dirt called Balamuthia mandrillaris that caused his brain to swell and ultimately cost him his life.
Doctors weren’t able to nail down exactly how he came in contact with the disease, but it’s been reported that Balamuthia typically enters the body through soil that comes in contact with cuts, wounds or is breathed.
Leland’s parents realized something wrong when he was constantly throwing up with fever-like symptoms. They realized it was more than a fever when his eyes crossed and he couldn’t focus on anything.They spent many sleepless nights in the hospital by his bedside until he passed away from the infection.
Amber and her husband, Tim, returned home to begin making arrangements for the memorial service. They walked into their home to find this note lying on the table in their living room:
They have no clue how it got there or when he wrote it. It was very painful to see but the perfect way to remember their loving son. “He was the light of our life and the center of this family,” Amber wrote on Facebook. They had originally asked to be left to mourn but broke their silence on social media to share the image along with this beautiful eulogy in memory of Leland:
Our hearts and prayers are with the entire Shoemake family.