Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sometimes something comes along to make you think or validate your feelings. 

Where Mr Man is concerned I've often said that IF we were not together, he would fall further into his depression and never recover from his demons.  I believe we were brought together for a good reason.  Tom needs ME and I need HIM......God only knows why LOL!!!!!


The 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.





madcobug said...

Amen! Helen

barebytes said...

RIGHT ON!!!   Hugs Lanny

randlprysock said...

Such a beautiful entry Sharon.  You have brought a moment of courage to me today, and on a day when I really needed it.  If only words could describe the scenario we had going on over here in KY lastnight.  But this does help me so much and I know you are going through a lot right now and God is helping us both.  Hugs,

hugsdoodlewacky said...

((((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))))))God is with you both!!!!!!!!!You both in my prayers and thoughts,Have a nice day.

garnett109 said...

20 years this year me & Debbie, in july she turns forty and I was going to trade her in for 2 / 20 year olds then I realized I need a good bass boat!

rayne1123 said...

beautiful story..thank you for sharing

magran42 said...

Oh...I really like that and will use it.  I am just going through a temporary human experience.!  

chat2missie said...

I'm a strong believer that certain people are brought together for a reason.

emabecmar said...

This was beautiful. It is so heart touching. TY for sharing it. (((((((((hugs))))))))

jingles6721 said...

have a good evening.

am4039 said...

just beautiful. I hope things are ok.

eml625 said...

Be well, my friend


deshelestraci said...

Oh that was very touching!  It's good to have someone to go through stuff with.

That being said.  I am saying this out of caring for you and your daughter.
Is it worth going through what you go through with Mr. Man to you and your daughter?  It is so not healthy.

queeniemart said...

You are ALWAYS in my thoughts...i love you and just want you to be happy and have peace!!!

penniepooh said...

Ah, nice story about the Marine.


allisonm96 said...

Wow... thats  a great story.