When we started the Pablog at the beginning of Pablo's treatment in May 2008, many people sent us stories about how word of Pablo's plight reached across the city of Los Angeles. We were amazed to hear this, and still are. As the months wore on, Pablo's story reached across the U.S. and world, through our family in Chicago, New Orleans, Milwaukee and friends in London, Sydney, Paris and beyond. We were amazed when this started taking root, and still are. Lately, the Pablove light has spread far beyond our circle of friends and their friends and their friends' friends. And this has us utterly speechless.
In the past 13 months, many 'you're never gonna believe who was talking about Pablo' stories and anecdotes have found their way back to us. The one below sort of epitomizes all of them, and we wanted to share it with you. This story is from our friend music video / TV / film director Liz Friedlander.
Check it out:
Just wanted to drop you a note to recount something that happened today that I thought you might be interested in. I am currently shooting in North Carolina. I walked into the office today and overheard the transportation coordinator talking to his brother in HONDURAS about Pablove. he didn't know that i have been following your blog. He didn't know Pablo, or you or Jo Ann. He's not tied to anyone in LA.
He's a cycling fan. He saw Lance's blog. He saw the chalkbot this morning & he starting searching the Internet. For Pablo+Grady & Jo Ann, etc...based on Lance's cycling blog entry. He somehow found your blog & had started reading it in its entirety. He then got the whole office to look at it & was phoning his brother in Honduras to do the same.
Pablove is spreading. I mean, it's really taking on a life of its own & affecting so many of us. Please keep it coming - in a world where it is so easy to get isolated & alienated from one another, it's awakened a compassion for humanity in all of us. Reminded us that we don't - can't - live in a vacuum. It's made us all care.
As I left the office this guy turned to me and asked, "Have you been looking for doves and butterflies?"
"Yeah," I chuckled. "I have."
Love and peace to you & your family,