There was once Donald Gould, a homeless man in Florida, who could not eat three meals a day.
On rainy days, you can only temporarily shelter from the rain under the eaves of the shop. He looks very depressed, and he hasn’t shaved his beard for a long time. Nobody cares if such a person will freeze to death on the street in the next second.
One day he was walking down the street as before, the Florida sun was always bright, not far ahead, shining on a piano that seemed to have been abandoned for a long time, by reflecting strange light.
Although the piano looked rather dilapidated, the old bone in front of it was stirring a sad and ancient melody, calling for Donald to stop.
No one cares, no one cares, even though Donald stops in front of the piano, people come and go and keep passing this person and the piano, as if they never existed, and nobody hears the melody from the old piano, that is the Code of the soul that Donald was able to crack.
Donald made a difficult decision.
As nervous as an elementary school student taking his first piano lesson, Donald pulled up his chair, resting his withered fingers restlessly on the black and white keys.
The sun still shines on the streets of Florida, and the world has its own reasons, and it continues to run this way and that, without being stopped by anyone for a moment.
But at that moment, Donald played with all his strength and boldly, as if the frustration, boredom, despair, and confusion of his wandering life had ignited strong winds and huge waves at the moment when his fingers touched the keys.
The air condensed, and the hearts of pedestrians on the street skipped a beat.
No one could believe that this wicked man in front of him, who looked like he hadn’t showered in a long time and hadn’t had a good meal in a long time, could actually play such a heartbreaking tone.
The piece played by Donald is called “Come Sail Away”, which means “Sail Away”. And this is the beginning of the redemption of Donald’s life.
The haggard and frustrated Donald, who hailed from Michigan, served in his early years in the United States Marine Corps. Because he was very interested in music, he also served in the Marine Corps. He touched many colleagues with the musical notes that played with her life.
After leaving the Marine Corps, Donald studied music at Spring Arbor University, but was forced to suspend his studies due to financial constraints. He chose a safe life path, got married, and had a child, but he did not expect his wife to commit suicide in 1998. Every success and failure turned around, Donald fell into depression, and began to rely on drugs for countless nights.
The social worker had to intervene and took Donny, Donald’s son, who was also his last hope in life at this time. From then on, the world is limitless, no money, no job, and a deserted look, so I don’t dare look back at my son.
Donald had no choice but to stay home and go wherever his next meal was. The state went through the next state, and he was 51 years old when he was found playing in Florida.
Life is so difficult, is there still a possibility to sail in the rough sea?
On that day in 2015, a passer-by who thought it was unbelievable and was moved by the sound of Donald’s piano, took a video of what happened and put it on Youtube. Unexpectedly, he got millions of views in a few days.
The sad story of Donald’s life spread like wildfire on the Internet.
Due to the long-term damage of drugs, his health is no longer good. Netizens kept raising money for him, and he raised 40,000 US dollars in a short period of time, hoping to help Donald get rid of drug addiction and restore his health.
Unbelievable things continued to happen. Spring Arbor University, which had to be abandoned due to financial problems in the early years, even offered him a full scholarship to study music. Although she is already in the second half of his life, Donald’s heart is nothing but thanks.
Countless people were touched by Donald’s life story, which gave him the opportunity to be on the NFL stage. In front of 75,000 fans, he played the American national anthem. Right now, he has never been so proud in his heart, and he has never been so lost.
There is a vast sea of people, and when I look back, I don’t know where I am. Ah, no matter how great your achievements are, no one can share them with you. Sixteen years after being separated from his son, Donald was still the loneliest person in the world.
Then fate knocked again.
The adoptive parents accidentally saw their son Donny Donald being interviewed on television, and immediately contacted the radio station.
On the day of the reunion, Donny seemed unfamiliar and did not dare to go to his father who was too far away from home. Donald knew that time was a sensible wizard. No rush, no rush, father and son have been separated for so long, now they have all the time in the universe to slowly learn tenderness and how to kiss each other’s wounds.
Despite this, Donald still burst into tears, unable to believe that there really was a miracle in the world.
Cry, cry, cry all you want, don’t hold back, it’s okay Donald.
Terayama Shuji said: “Tears are the smallest ocean that human beings can make.” And the sea of tears can also reflect the hope of the sun, if you’re willing to play “Come Sail Away” with me again…
#Source: The Washington Post
and “Come Sail Away” are images of water and (Jesus) redemption
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Wall-E Selection/Donald Gould playing “Come Sail Away” on the streets of Florida in 2015