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Quarterhorsegal
09-12-2006, 06:19 PM
I am a sucker for a good story, and this one made me think of this site and all of you.


A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. "Your son is here," she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient's eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man's limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man's hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile.

He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was
oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital - the clanking
of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients.

Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night. Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.

Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her.

"Who was that man?" he asked.

The nurse was startled, "He was your father" she answered.

"No, he wasn't," the Marine replied. "I never saw him before in my life."

"Then why didn't you say something when I took you to him?"

"I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn't here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed."

The next time someone needs you ... just be there. Stay.

We are not human beings going through a temporary spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings going through a temporary human experience.


Thanks to you all for being my 'marine'.

MARYCAIN
09-13-2006, 06:28 AM
Thank you for sharing that - you gave a much needed lift to my day!

browneyedgirl53
09-13-2006, 06:30 AM
You do my heart good this mornin', thank you so much!! That was truly a "goosebumps" read. I loved it !!!!

Thanks for being our angel this morning and reminded us that we all are here to help one another along this journey in life.

Thank you, thank you; thank you so much for sharing that very inspirational story.

Welcome to the Lupus Brigade !! :wink: Have a great day; and always remember who loves you......and remember that we are all soldiers in some sense of the word; fighting to protect something. I am so thankful to live in this great land where we are free to have the liberties to share these kinds of stories.

Much love,
Browneyedgirl

Saysusie
09-13-2006, 07:18 AM
Thank You so much for sharing that story. It brought tears to my eyes and, like you said, it is exactly what each and every one of us are doing for one another here.
As for myself, I will always be here....I will stay!!

Peace and Blessings to you all
Saysusie

buddhabelly
09-14-2006, 05:44 AM
Thanks for sharing that story. I've been feeling down latey, and after reading that story, it brought a smile to my face. :) After reading it once, I went back and read it again.

I am so grateful and blessed to be a part of this family. Everyone's been so comforting, encouraging, and understanding.

((HUGS)) and ((KISSES)) to everyone! Have a great day! :wink: