It is almost impracticable for a child who is bound to a hospital bed to find a reason to enjoy life. However, some little bit of creativity and finding ways to provide such to a child can make the difference in his or her healing process. That is exactly what the hospital and a few well-hearted individuals decided to do for the children in this local children’s hospital in their community.
It all started as a simple goodbye
Steven Brosnihan, a seasoned cartoonist, decided to transform the lives of sick children at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence with a simple gesture that turned out to be a life-changing discovery. Brosnihan is currently regarded as a hero in the Rhode Island community. Although he is not a trained doctor, he decided to find a way of volunteering at the local hospital in 2010.
When he was cheering up some of the sick kids in the hospital, he noticed something ordinary about his bus stop yet relevant: patients from most of the hospital rooms could see the bus stop from their windows. He told the children he was visiting that he will make a point of flashing his bicycle’s lights to wish them goodnight every night when he leaves work at 8:30 p.m. It started like a simple goodnight gesture and turned into something poignant that changed the entire community’s schedule.
An emotive gesture
When Brosnihan realized that the kind gesture delighted the children at the hospital, he decided to encourage more people to join him in the nightly ritual. Slowly, Brosnihan reached out to local businesspeople that operated from the opposite side of the hospital to join him in executing the tradition every night. Some of the notable individuals to who agreed to participate in the ritual include Alex Gagne and Richard W. Dionne, Jr.
More people decided to join Brosnihan when word went around about his gratifying mission to flash their lights and say goodnight to the patients at the hospital every night. More and more people from the community across the river decided to join the tradition. Within a few days, the sick children were delighted to see police cruisers, bars, restaurants, and libraries join hands flashing lights and saying goodnight to them.
A breathtaking sight
Today, every night at 8:30 p.m. patients get overwhelmed with delight as the “minute of magic” ensues. Patients get to witness twinkling lights that fill the sky all with an effort to give them a moment of happiness before they retire to bed. The ritual has lightened up the incredible worth of these patients in marvelous ways.
The magical gesture, which is now popularly referred to as “The Good Night Lights” has helped the sick children by making them feel special and loved by the entire community. People who witness the Good Night Lights for the first time experience merry surprise. Although the community doesn’t ask anything from the Hasbro hospital, the parents of the children have also made it their duty to thank their efforts by flashing their own lights back.
30 Essential Life Hacks That EVERY Dog Owner Must Learn
Did you know that there are more than 90 million pet dogs in the United States alone? It’s true! When they say that dog is a man’s best friend, they really mean it! Ever since man first tried to domesticate the ancient gray wolves of yesteryear, dogs have become one of the most beloved animals on the planet. Despite our affinity for these furry creatures, sometimes we could use a little help to take care of them properly. Whether you are a new doggo owner or a seasoned one, we have a few tips and tricks for you!
Today, we are going to help you help your dog through 30 essential life hacks that every pet owner must learn.
Father in Bumblebee costume escorts his kid back to school
Bumblebee from the American sci-fi movie series Transformers never had a kid, but if he did, he’d have definitely escorted him to school.
A father in Shanghai, China has gone above and beyond to encourage his kid to go back to school after staying at home for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There’s no way any child is refusing to walk with Bumblebee into school, and this man had that in mind when building his Autobot suit.
Just like the rest of the world, China had been on lockdown, and for months, kids had to stay away from school to prevent infection and spread of the deadly virus. However, some normalcy is being restored in some parts of the region, and schools now have the green light to open and allow children continue with their education.
The Bumblebee suit wasn’t only for his kid, though. He built it to serve as some amusement and surprise to other kids at school- and that he did.
“I also want to bring happiness to other children. I didn’t only wear it for my own child. All of them were preschoolers,” he said in the video.
His suit looks like the real thing. The only things missing were metal, alien technology, and missiles- not much, right? Standing about 2.3-metre tall, the suit was built using soft materials to prevent touchy and curious children from getting injured- and he was right to have done that because he was rushed and hugged by children upon arrival at the school.
The excitement of the kids at the sight of Bumblebee could light up astronomical units of outer space, as the intergalactic warrior once again put smiles on the faces of humans. Kudos to this amazing dad for his efforts to make kids happy to resume back to school- he’d probably do it every day if he could.
The home-made suit seems to be inspired by the 2017 movie Bumblebee.
Elephant Protects Best Friend As She Bathes
Everybody needs a friend.
Everyone deserves to have a true friend, and most times we often find it in the people we interact with on a daily basis- at work, at home, on the streets, in a café, at a leisure park and even in the weirdest of places.
The fun thing about friendship is that it knows no bounds. Throughout history, humanity has seen the most unlikely individuals and groups become best of friends to create alliances that help all the parties involved. Such is the story of the unique friendship between this elephant and her human buddy.
Yes. You read that right. A human and her giant elephant friend have grown super close to become best of friends, and they often find ways to show each other just how much they mean to each other.
Who said friendships couldn’t be inter-specific?
This elephant is so fond of her best friend that she follows her to the river banks to have friendship baths, and it can be said with utmost certainty that her friend loves her just as much. She protects her friend at the river by noticing the strong river currents and placing her quite heavy trunk on her friend to protect her from getting swept away.
The elephant places her huge foot on the woman’s head without hurting her while she’s bathing at the river. Nobody knows why she actually did that, but a pretty good guess would be that she just loves playing around with her human friend.
The woman also doesn’t mind the foot- she knows her best friend wouldn’t crush her, so she trusts her and continues with her bath. In the video that shows their friendship bath, a voice can be heard telling the woman that the elephant’s foot would only get her dirty again, but she doesn’t really mind.
After her bath, the woman walks up the river and the elephant can be seen walking right above her. Yes. Right above. But she spreads her leg open while walking to avoid crushing her best friend under her huge weight.
They both walk all the way to shore, and the elephant seems to be glad that she spent some time with her friend, and she got the chance to protect her.
Elephants are known to be a very emotional species, so this type of relationship is only typical of them. They often create forever friendships with family members, grieve the death of their loved ones, and even visit their death sites.
Since humans are also equally very emotional, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they create bonds with elephants. Under the right circumstances, a strong friendship can come out of human-elephant interactions, and this story only proves it.
An In-depth Look At The Exciting And Inquisitive Bengal Cats
Many people enjoy cats because they have a reputation for being independent and low maintenance compared to other types of animals. However, one possible exception to the rule is Bengal cats. Not only are Bengal cats known for their unique complexion, they also have an infectious personality that is basically unmatched in the domestic cat world. Bengal cats are considered a combination of Asian leopard cats and traditional house cats.
How One Special Golden Retriever Is Helping California Firefighters Deal With A Difficult Time
The state of California is currently undergoing an emergency, as millions of acres are being destroyed in wildfires. The wildfires have specifically done major damage to Marin County. Hundreds of fire fighters are working to put out the flames as soon as possible. There are multiple fire engines and helicopters being used to assist in the rehabilitation efforts.
According to the local fire department, the wildfires were sparked due to a lightning strike. While the firefighters are dealing with these challenging times, they are finding a sense of comfort from a special retriever. Kerith is a crisis response therapy dog. He has been trained with the unique skills and vibrant personality to uplift those who need it most. Kerith is a regular visitor to the wildfire base camp. His appearance helps improve the morale of the firefighters who work diligently to extinguish the flames. Kerith loves his job. In the process, he has become a social media sensation.
Research shows that animals can help alleviate stress and provide comfort. Therapy dogs are often used to help people grieve with tragedy and help families and towns recover from natural disasters. Therapy dogs are able to help people cope and heal during tough circumstances. Kerith takes great pride in helping the firefighters.
Kerith has become a member of the Marin County Fire Department family. The sweet 3 year old retriever has spent time with the firefighters over the last month. A quick glance at Kerith’s social media page shows that the firefighters enjoy spending time with him. Everyone is smiling in all of the pictures. Kerith helps ease the mind of the men and women who serve long hours with the goal of extinguishing the flames damaging the forest and revitalizing the community.
On a typical day, Kerith enjoys time with the firefighters once they finish their initial meeting in the morning. The firefighters note that they face imminent danger every day, so hanging out with Kerith gives them some perspective. The demands are high, so Kerith brings a therapeutic dynamic to the fire department.
Kerith’s story is even more interesting because he wasn’t initially trained to provide therapeutic relief. Kerith was actually trained to be a guide dog and assist the blind. However, everyone believes that Kerith has chosen the right career path. In unfortunate situations, the firefighters may encounter death or a traumatic injury. Kerith helps the firefighters cope with the harsh realities of the job. Many firefighters find it difficult to open and express their feelings. However, playing with Kerith gives them the opportunity to relax and get comfortable.
For some firefighters, spending time with Kerith reminds them of being at home. It’s a luxury that they don’t take for granted as they spend long hours away from their loved ones. Kerith is proud to serve such a great purpose. He went through extensive training to become certified. Kerith enjoys being able to play with the firefighters.
The firefighters are comforted knowing that a sweet, smiling dog will be there for them to have fun with during this difficult time.