One: I have dear friends in Portland, Oregon. I've become a fan/friend of their teen aged daughter. (Okay, I may have sent her some radical feminist reading materials.) Their daughter is gay. She's been openly gay, with girlfriend, since middle school. I know it just killed her parents that they could not give their daughter a world in which she could enjoy the rights and freedom to marry the person of her heart's desires. Until today. I was so happy for this family when I heard about the federal judge striking down the ban on gay marriage in Oregon today. And, I know that her parents are thrilled that someday, their child will have the chance to enjoy one of the dearest relationships humans can enjoy.
Two: I have a long time friend whose husband has serious kidney issues. He has been waiting for a transplant for years. Saturday morning, she texted me to say they were on the way to the big, university hospital because there might be a kidney for her husband. I was so sad to hear from her Sunday evening that no kidney was available after all. But, she said, she's okay because they are just disappointed, and somewhere there is a family grieving the loss of a loved one.
I love it when other humans make me wanna be a better monkey.