It's always nice to get in a laugh during hard times.
That's exactly what Ryan Reynolds did on May 19. The actor made light of a difficult situation the best way he knew how, with a funny tweet.
Ryan's father James Reynold passed away last October, after a 20 year battle with Parkinson's disease. Though he didn't give many details, Ryan shared a funny anecdote about spreading his father's ashes on social media.
"A family having a picnic about two hundred yards downwind, ate like, half my Dad's ashes this morning," the "Deadpool" actor tweeted to his 2.02 million followers, making light of the hard situation later that day.
It's unclear where the Reynolds family chose to spread their loved ones ashes, now seven months after James passed. Ryan's parents were residing in White Rock, British Colombia at the time of his father's death, nearby where the actor grew up in Vancouver.
Ryan had been open about his father's struggle with the debilitating disease, even writing a Huffington Post op-ed on the subject back in 2011. Sharing his experience with Parkinson's, Ryan was vocal about how much his father suffered, writing, "I've had a first-hand peek behind the curtain of Parkinson's. I've watched my father—a strong and proud person who successfully raised 4 arguably insane children—slowly, cruelly stripped of his independence. His golden years robbed without explanation."
Like his tweet, he utilized humor in the op-ed as well. The actor opened up about how his father's battle was an impetus in his choice to run the New York City Marathon, despite not being involved in the sport.
"Let it be known at the outset, I am not a runner. I am a running joke. Waking up at 4:30 am and jogging anywhere from 11 to 23 miles has been nothing short of horrifying," Ryan confessed, using jokes to lighten the serious tone of his endeavor. "Witnessing my Dad suffer over the years galvanized my need to step up," Ryan wrote. "Those affected by Parkinson's wage a similar war in their own bodies every single day. Unlike a marathon, their struggle won't end in a shallow pool of vomit just outside Tavern On The Green while waiting for an ambulance. They continue day in and day out, silently battling away in the most personal of struggles."
Our thoughts are with the Reynolds family.