Wednesday, December 31, 2014

year in review...


Have Blue said...

I can hardly believe that it was only Dec. 23 of last year that Pete had posted to the Makerspace mailing list a forwarded message from Ranee:

"I have an 8 (almost 9) year old daughter that was born with a partial palm, a 2 digit thumb and no fingers on her right hand. We live in Mukwonago. My daughter saw a YouTube video about 3D printed hands about a month ago and asked for one from Santa."...

I've told countless people the story about what you and the E-nable project have done since then, and I _still_ get choked up when I say the words "...and asked for one from Santa."

You are an absolute _rock star_ of this project (just as Shea herself is). You're far too humble a person to say so yourself, so I'm just going to say it for you: This project would not be where it is, with so many kids getting something they had never dreamed of, and so many dedicated volunteers contributing to this concept, had it not been for you jumping in with both feet, saying "we're going to give this little girl a new hand no matter what it takes." I firmly, absolutely, believe that.

As we get older, I suppose every one of us wonders about our 'legacy'. Have we left the world in a better place than when we found it? In your case, the answer is unequivocal. Frankie, you're an excellent human being.

raster said...

Well said, Have Blue! :)

Frankie Flood said...

WOW! What a comment!!

Thank you for the kind words.

You know it's funny you wrote about legacy and about leaving the world a better place. I often think about that.

I used to think about what object I could make that I could "leave behind". Now when think about it, I am reminded of the people that we encounter that leave an impact on us or that we can leave an impact on.

I have been fortunate to have great parents, great teachers, and amazing friends, but it's also the people that we encounter each day that have one of the greatest impacts. You know me, I'm not the most "social" of people so this can sometimes be difficult to encounter different people. That said, I have met so many great people such as yourself, not through the objects I have made, but through SHARING. That same sense of sharing has been returned to me via other people a thousand times over. You my friend are one of those people that always is willing to share and that's something I am so thankful for.

Know that it's people like you, Michael, that continue to inspire me to DO things.