Tyler just bought his first car. After making many calls, taking some test drives and going to the car lots, we found an ad on craigslist for a 2001 Honda Civic with 4,900 miles on it and three of the four fender corners were dented. "What is the story with that car?" was the first question I asked. This car held a story of the life of a man who was struggling and his family struggling to care for him. The twin brother of the owner of the car was selling it. His brother was just placed in a nursing care facility. The twins name are Franklin and Delano--Ironic since Tyler is a walking presidental fact encyclopedia. He happens to really like Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Both men were teachers until they retired. One of the twins started to struggle with mental health issues soon after and barely left his home the past years. He only drove his car to the grocery store near his house and had difficulty doing that by the condition of the car's bumpers.
It was a such a difficult decision for the brother to place the other in a nursing home. You could see the heavy weight of that decision on his face. You could feel the love and loyalty that this brother had for his twin. Selling the car was the final step in seeing his brother lose the independence and health that he once had.
The car was for sale for $7000. Mark offered $6500. He said he wanted to sell the car to us for $6000. What a kind heart that this man had...and truly one who did not see caring for his brother as a burden but a privelege. Tyler's first car has a story...one that has caused me to pray for and be inspired by a family that we have just met.