On May 17, Joe Biden eloquently articulated the good that came out of his loss of so many years ago. In a Yale commencement speech, he said, “The incredible bond I have with my children is the gift I’m not sure I would have had, had I not been through what I went through. Who knows whether I would have been able to appreciate at that moment in my life, the heady moment in my life, what my first obligation was.”
On May 30, one of those children, Joe’s beloved son Beau died of a brain tumor at the age of 46. Beau had become a man admired by many – President Obama noted in his eulogy that Beau “made you want to be a better person. Isn’t that finally the measure of a man?”
And now that little boy, whose bedside Joe Biden refused to leave, and the strong and good man that the little boy became … they are both gone. And Joe Biden, who has now had the worst possible thing happen to him twice, must find a new well of strength.
Hats Off to Joe Biden on Father’s Day
Sunday is Father’s Day. A day when Fathers everywhere will be honored for loving and being loved. Children of all ages will fumble with ways to tell their Fathers what they mean to them, and many will settle on a heartfelt sentiment in a Hallmark card because it’s hard to find the right words to say all that a Father is.
This Sunday, I will be thinking about my own father, my husband … and I will also be thinking about Joe Biden. For Joe Biden, I will be hoping … that he finds comfort in the 46 years of memories he and Beau made together … that he treasures the many times he chose family over work … and that he continues to set such an amazing example of how a grieving parent can persevere through what for each and all of us is the worst possible thing.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article first appeared in the Huffington Post on June 19, 2015. CLICK HERE to see that original posting.