Monday, June 21, 2010

Another Toy Story


The following email was received in regards to this past Sunday's "Sally Forth" strip. (Click on image above to enlarge said comic). I cannot express how much it means to receive a message such as this. Please note, all names have been removed to protect the author's privacy.

To the cartoonist of Sally Forth’s Sunday comic strip about the game the father received – The “Rock em Sockem Boxers”.

You never know how something a person writes touches another person.

My brother, S., was in the last stages of his life last November battling a brain tumor for four and an half years. As he lay in his hospice bed, sometimes able to communicate and sometimes just laying there sleeping, we tried everything to make his last days comfortable.

My youngest brother remembered how much S. liked that game when he was a kid. He walks into the room with this game and S’s eyes just lit up. He was able to sit up in bed and play this game with S for long periods of time.

My brother passed away December 1, 2009. This is the first Father’s Day that my nephews experienced without their dad. Seeing that cartoon in the paper brought me a mixture of happy and sad memories. I mailed it to my brother today. I’m sure it will remind him too that sometimes the smallest kindness will have the biggest affect on someone.

8 comments:

D.B. Echo said...

Wow. Excellent.

Fortran said...

And just like "Toy Story", it made me tear up. Just amazing.

*sniff*

Tom said...

Wow, indeed. There's enough payment for the year, thanks. And you thought you were just making a snarky pop culture reference. :)

geezer said...

Pretty amazing, pal. Nothing like touching a stranger with your gifts.
(Is it me or does sound perv-y? )

yellojkt said...

What a great story. Maybe Toy Story 4 will feature Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots.

PNB Dave said...

Kinda puts all the stupid nit-picking e-mails you probably receive in perspective, doesn't it?

Nice work.

Larry Gott said...

Francesco (and Craig), Sally Forth is a great strip! (Dallas Morning news). It's always best in the office situations. So many others do family, but you're the best in the office -- so how about more office and less family? Best Wishes.

Francesco Marciuliano said...

Thank you very much for all your wonderful comments. It means a great deal to me that you would take the time to leave such thoughtful messages.

Oh, and Larry, many of the upcoming strips this summer will focus on the office! Hope you enjoy!