I’ve never experienced what Eric Meyer and his family have experienced in Rebecca’s death. I can’t begin to imagine all the emotions and feelings and pressure and grief they’re in the middle of. Colors and hashtags seem like such a feeble way to show support, but I hope they find strength and encouragement in these small expressions.
Eric’s transparency through the lengthy struggle with Rebecca’s cancer has been humbling, painful, encouraging, witty, and real. My respect for him as a father quickly eclipsed my respect for him as a developer. And to be completely honest, I wouldn’t be here today without his CSS: The Definitive Guide. His open expression of his family’s struggle drew me to tears, made me laugh, drove me to prayer, and caused me to care deeply about a sweet girl I’ve never met.
The most heart-breaking tweets I read were ones that shared Rebecca’s simple, sweet, childlike responses to the horrible reality of her cancer. Cancer sucks all the time, but when it strikes a six-year-old it really sucks. No child should have to face the realities she faced, but she seemed so brave. Half the time I didn’t know whether to smile or cry (or both).
Eric, you and your family are in my prayers now (as you’ve been for months) and I wish you all the support and strength in the world. I hope you find moments of joy in the midst of your grief.