In all this darkness, we are lucky to have a beam of light show up to tell us it's gonna be okay.
Sometimes, that light is a 95-year-old sassy WWII vet.
Rose Ayers-Etherington shared a pretty awesome story about her grandpa on Facebook.
"MY 95 YEAR OLD GRANDFATHER CONTRACTED THE...VIRUS AND IS KICKING IT IN THE BUTT!!" she began.
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"He has underlying medical conditions," she went on.
"Stage 3 kidney disease, congenital heart disease and high blood pressure. But grandpa Bill is as tough as nails. He lived through the Great Depression and was amongst the first boots to set foot in the South Pacific during WW2. In his words - 'I survived the foxholes of Guam, I can get through this...'"
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Instead of dismissing those over 80 & 90: Learn from them Bill Kelly, a 95-year-old World War II vet fro McMinnvil… https://t.co/jtPJqBta7C— WhatWhyWhenHow?? (@WhatWhyWhenHow??) 1585693650.0
Bravo for Bill Kelly of McMinnville! https://t.co/734fMxTWO6— Lars Larson (@Lars Larson) 1585670335.0
ICYMI: Bill Kelly lived through the Great Depression. He served in the South Pacific during World War II. At 95… https://t.co/ZlEUJ9ubZV— Shane D. Kavanaugh (@Shane D. Kavanaugh) 1585676027.0
@mog7546 You should be both super happy and super thankful for just a 2 week illness. God was sure good to you.— Michael Story (@Michael Story) 1585684131.0
@mog7546 Whew - thanks for a story w/a happy ending.— TOP 💙 (@TOP 💙) 1585691868.0
Grandpa Bill has some advice for folks struggling to get through this extremely hard time:
"Always be grateful. Thank God continually for what he has blessed you with. Don't get caught up in the peripheral things of this earth, because everything can disappear, just like that. Family is most important. Stick together, take care of each other."
@mog7546 The greatest generation really is the greatest. ❤— TG (@TG) 1585693270.0
@mog7546 @sandibachom A tough old bird!!!! This is great— It is rocket science! (@It is rocket science!) 1585696330.0
@mog7546 @pjKingfisher ❤️❤️❤️We Oregonians are tough people.— Fran Ottinger (@Fran Ottinger) 1585694720.0
@mog7546 Yay, Bill! ❤️— Jill Jones (@Jill Jones) 1585714374.0
"I survived Guam I can get through this Bullsh*t" Bill Kelly aka BadAss Bill #COVID19 #ToughAsNails #BillKelly https://t.co/qqj4wxfaU8— Tw¡tta From The Sh¡tta. aka Vladimir Poopin (@Tw¡tta From The Sh¡tta. aka Vladimir Poopin) 1585677526.0
"I am in no way downplaying the seriousness of this disease. It's real and it's here and it needs to be respected. Just hoping grandpa Bill's story will encourage you and put a smile on your face."
The levity comes at an important juncture, as over 700 Americans died yesterday from the disease.
April, kindly bring some good news please.— Russel (@Russel) 1585711891.0
i pray april is full of good news, blessings and positive vibes— gèrico (@gèrico) 1585703100.0
So here is some good news: We successfully extubated 2 other COVID19 patients. https://t.co/xwuXO9EQ7X— Milad Sharifpour, M.D. (@Milad Sharifpour, M.D.) 1585688725.0
April will be a month of healing, good news and blessings. ☝️— Kurtneh✨ (@Kurtneh✨) 1585707449.0
The more good news we have in the coming month, the better.
Grandpa Bill is a member of the Silent Generation—the one that preceded the Baby Boomers and lived through a first world war and the Great Depression before fighting in WWII. The books The Greatest Generation is available here and The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections is available here.