An amazingly touching video has been making the rounds on Facebook and landed on Larry Hama’s fan page yesterday.
The Silence and the Darkness: A GI Joe-style tribute to my son’s cancer survival, is a heartwarming video posted on youtube by Paul F. P. & Katrina Pogue. Here’s a brief summary of the video, but I would definitely recommend reading the full write up for more information. The voice acting skills of Bill Ratner and Mary McDonald-Lewis, the original Flint and Lady Jaye, are put to use in the the vid.Every May I create a movie-poster-style tribute to my son Armand’s continued survival in the face of impossible odds. This time around I brought his sister Autumn-Rose into the fold and got ambitious with the above video :).
First off, eternal gratitude to Bill Ratner and Mary McDonald-Lewis, the original Flint and Lady Jaye, who generously donated their time and talent to bring life to a concept that seemed impossible when I came up with it, and delivered narration that succeeded beyond my greatest hopes.
“The Silence and the Darkness” is both appropriate and ironic; it reflects our running inside joke that the kids have one good set of senses between the two of them, and also the fact that despite their challenges, you would almost never tell. He can still hear me whisper “hey, want some ice cream?” across a room (I still have no idea how) and yet sometimes misses stuff that’s sitting right in front of him. (The phrase “are we sure it’s his ears and not his eyes that are the problem?” is a frequent one in our household.) He may not hear very well and she may not see very well, but they are anything but silent and dark. That’s the thing about these kids — no matter the challenge in front of them, they always seem to find a way to work around it!