Listening to Don Goodrich speak on Monday, October 10, 2011, and watching the documentary, evoked many emotions within me. Because I was not able to watch the movie before he came to campus on Monday, I was fairly unfamiliar with the project that he and his wife started.
The documentary itself was very moving; however, I feel that Don’s wife went on and took charge of the project, leaving Don and their other family members in the dust. While I know this was not Mrs. Goodrich’s intentions, it seemed like that was what was happening. Overall, the film was very interesting and I understood the reasons for their project.
Don Goodrich’s speech, both to the y:1 classes and at the presentation of the documentary, was very heartfelt and everyone was intrigued by his stories. Losing a child is tough, but losing a child in an attack on our entire nation must be so much harder to handle. I can only imagine the emptiness that Mr. Goodrich felt after his son was murdered and then after his wife died of Ovarian Cancer.
The one story that really stuck in my mind was the one Don Goodrich told about his trip to Afghanistan to spread his wife’s ashes. The fact that he risked his life, and that his friend was willing to risk his own life, to grant his wife’s last wish was remarkable. Don Goodrich’s story is definitely one that will stick in my mind for quite a long time, and I am thankful and very happy that we were able to meet with him and hear his story.