Superman’s Example

Because he refused to take no for an answer, refused to give up, refused to back away from the public eye, Christopher Reeve became identified with a cause. And today, with news of his death, a lot of people are going to use him to make one point or another, mostly around the issue of stem cell research. Some people are what we need them to be, through no fault or action of their own, and sometimes they make themselves what the times demand of them.

But I keep thinking of something else: he and his wife on one of the morning fluff shows, and the way they looked at each other. Couples are broken because of tragedies like this, and there are a lot of people who would run from a challenge like the one presented to the Reeves. And none of us will ever know what goes on inside a marriage, but the public way they presented themselves and talked about their life, openly, proudly, was and should always be an inspiration.

The way Christopher Reeve handled his disablity, as well as the devotion he and his wife showed one another in the face of adversity, was such a stunning example of the strength of the human spirit that it humbled, or should have humbled, us all.

You can donate to Christopher Reeve’s Foundation here.

Rest in peace, Superman. And my heartfelt condolences to Dana Reeve and their children.