Most of us have lost someone special to us. Maybe a family member. Maybe a friend. Maybe even a coworker. All, of course, are equally as important and influential in our lives.
When any one of these people pass away, it’s always a good idea to refer to some sort of material that relates to us. For example, whenever I have to think upon tough questions about life, I always like to read (and reread) Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Or when my dog died last year, I watched Marley & Me starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston even though I knew it would make me bawl my eyes out.
Well, now there’s even a comic book we can all relate to when a loved one moves on beyond our world. A Story for Desmond, however, is more than just a comic book. Instead, it’s a beautiful piece of art that can move us just as well as it relates to us.
The story, by Jason Walz, is about a father trying to calm down his crying newborn baby Desmond. After multiple attempts of feeding, diaper changes, and whatnot, this new dad calms down his son the only way he knows how–by telling the story of his mother, or rather Desmond’s grandmother, whom he will never get to meet. This story, however, is not sad. Quite the contrary, actually, as it involves the many “gifts” the grandmother has left behind for Desmond to help him get through life. These gifts range from kindness, laughter, and more, gifts we could all use a little more of in this day and age.
With artwork equally as stunning as this father’s story, Jason Walz shows his true talent all throughout this comic book. He takes Desmond to places I never though possible as a child, which makes me wonder if Walz is telling us a story of his own that he now remembers as an adult, or if this story is truly one of a kind, especially for a comic book.
Either way, I have added A Story for Desmond to my collection of things to read whenever I’m feeling down in the dumps. Not to make me feel worse. No. I will read this comic book to lift my spirits, knowing full well that the only gifts I will ever need in life are those true treasures within me.