Everything Happens For a Reason

Danielle - Casco, Wisconsin
Entered on May 4, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: death

Several years ago my grandpa was diagnosed with Alzheimer ’s Disease. I couldn’t believe it. In my eyes he was a great person and the best grandpa. He lived his life as a hard-working farmer. I can remember him going to the barn and doing the chores. He always took time to play with the cats on his way back to the house. He was a very loving man. If someone needed help he would help that person out no matter what it was. I didn’t understand why God would have such a good man suffer from such a terrible disease like Alzheimer’s. I knew that I would have to accept it because Alzheimer’s has no cure.

When grandma was no longer able to take care of grandpa, my Aunt Sharon took care of him in her house. Sharon loved taking care of him. Taking care of Grandpa inspired Sharon to build a nursing home, so she could not only take care of grandpa but also twenty other elderly residents. Sharon’s inspiration and determination proved to be successful. Her nursing home is a wonderful and beautiful place for the elderly to live.

My grandpa has passed away, but now my grandma is enjoying life at the nursing home. I miss Grandpa greatly, but when I go to the nursing home and visit Grandma I realize the good that came from his disease. I feel a part of him is still there. I believe that because of my grandpa’s sickness others have benefited from the home. God had a plan and made something good happen from something bad. I used to wonder why bad things had to happen. It made me sad and upset but now I have a better understanding and belief.

A death can cause a family, community, or even the country to come together and become stronger. It’s not always easy to understand why bad things happen when they do, but I do believe that everything happens for a reason. The reason may not be immediately known to me, but God has a special plan for each and every one of us.