What better way to return to the world of blogging than with flying cars?
Good News Sundays have become my favourite column here on Ramblings of a Fake Redhead, and I hope it makes you smile as much as it made me smile writing it. This week’s good news includes kids getting their first tattoos, an emotional reunion and a very special present.
Let’s get happy!
21 years ago, Mancia’s 18 month old baby, Steve, was kidnapped by his father. Mancia’s husband also took with him all of the boy’s paperwork, and any photos of the child. Mancia was able to retrieve one photo of her son from a relative – the only memory of Steve she had left. 21 years later the police received a tipoff as to where Steve and his father were living, prompting them to investigate. After DNA testing to confirm a familial link, it was confirmed that Steve and Mancia were mother and son, and they reunited at the DA’s office. Mancia told KABC-TV “This anguish I’ve carried is gone now that I have my son back.”
After years of trying, Lima was losing hope of finding a job. His brain injury meant that he required his service dog, Blue, with him at all times. Lima had trouble understanding people if they spoke quickly and experienced anxiety associated with his confusion, a symptom which Blue helped to ease. A Lowe’s store in Canada, however, not only hired Lima, but offered Blue a “customer service” position, bringing Lima to tears. Now the two work side-by-side, both in totally terrific matching uniforms.
Auckland-based tattoo artist Benjamin Lloyd could never have anticipated the popularity of a post he put on Facebook, asking for 50 likes to go to Starship children’s hospital to “tat all the kids up”. After receiving 400,000 likes, he started creating designs to airbrush on to the sick children’s arms. Benjamin claims that the tattoos give the kids a huge confidence boost, and distract them from the routine of hospital life. “The only bad thing is that they don’t want to take a shower afterwards,” he laughed. You can find Benjamin’s Facebook page here, where you can check out some pictures of the gnarly-looking kids!
If you, like me, are completely bummed that we’re not all zipping around in flying cars by now, I’ve got some news that might cheer you up. Google co-founder Larry Page is reportedly supporting two startups, Zee Aero and Kitty Hawk, creating some of the world’s first flying cars. The contribution by page is said to be over $100 million, but the projects are very much being kept on the down-low, with only very sparse details being released. Excited yet?
10-year-old Emma Bennet could not believe her eyes when she unwrapped a surprise present from her parents. Doll company American Girl had partnered with A Step Ahead Prosthetics to create a doll just like her – with a prosthetic leg. The doll came with a personal note from American Girl, explaining that they had recreated the doll on request from Emma’s parents. “You’ve got to be kidding me! She’s got a let like me!“ Emma cried with delight upon seeing the doll. It’s hard not to be moved when watching the video!
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What awesome things happened to you this week? What’s inspiring you and astounding you? Let me know in the comments below! Make sure you stop back next Sunday for your weekly dose of good news!
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