Everything I've seen and read about Ted Williams, who has been dubbed "The Homeless Man With the Golden Voice," makes me cry. Whether in sadness for what he's been through and for the many other homeless still out there, or in happiness as job offers continue to pour in for this man and his incredible, surprising voice. But nothing has touched me as much as when Williams discussed an upcoming reunion with his 92-year-old mother.
He said he hasn't seen her in awhile, but talked about how grateful he is to have the chance to show her that he's going to be okay before she dies.
"One of my biggest prayers that I sent out was that she would live long enough to see me rebound," Williams told the CBS Early Show this morning, through his tears. "I guess God kept her around and he kept my pipes around you know to maybe just have one more shot that I would be able to say 'mom I did do it' before I might pass away."
It's hard to imagine how difficult it would be to see one of your children get as lost as Williams did for part of his life. To know that the baby you nurtured and watched grow didn't have a roof over his head and was consumed by drugs and alcohol must be devastating. I imagine the fear, and the guilt, and the pain of not knowing when or if you might see him again.
"I've been hurt. My heart is hurt," Julia Williams told CBS. "I prayed and prayed and prayed and I just used to think maybe god don't want to listen to me."
But oh, to see him overcome it all, to make such a big comeback, and to have his talent and resilience evidenced by the world. That would make any mother proud.
Part of me hopes there are cameras present to capture the amazing reunion between them to continue to propel this feel-good story that's swept the country. But part of me hopes it's just a private event between the two of them -- if for no other reason than I don't know if I can handle any more tears.
What is your favorite part of Ted Williams' story?
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