He went on to marry his high school sweetheart, an amazing young lady I had known for a very long time. Not long after that, at the age of 22, Kyle was killed when his repelling equipment failed. He was a wonderful and happy person taken away far too soon.
Tomorrow, August 10, will mark twelve years since Kyle's death. His widow has extended an invitation to anyone willing to participate:
Friday August 10th marks the 12th anniversary since Kyle was killed. Every year I struggle with how to "celebrate" this day, but I always try to make it a positive, hopeful day....the complete opposite of the original day. Kyle was my high school sweetheart, my first love, my best friend...and my first husband. Kyle was THE happiest person I have ever met...and the most generous, big hearted little boy in a grown-up's body with beautiful blue eyes and an infectious smile.
I want to start a new tradition to mark this day every year from now on. I want August 10th to become a day for Random Acts of Kindness. I want it to be as infectious as Kyle's big, goofy grin. I want EVERYONE I know to do one thing for someone they don't know...just because and all in memory of Kyle Brown 12/22/77 - 08/10/00
I know very few, if any of you, knew Kyle, but I am extending this invitation to all of you as well. You may not have known him, but I'm certain you have known someone like him, someone who makes the world a happier place simply by being in it.
Join me tomorrow in doing a Random Act of Kindness and help commemorate the life of a young man who is still missed and help his widow touch the world with kindness.