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Thread: Not my usual funny......

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    Not my usual funny......

    This made me cry!!!




    TAKE A REALLY DEEP BREATH...PLEASE! WOW!!
    Just Stay



    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."

    I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey.
    His Son was Killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to
    inform him. What was this Gentleman's Name?

    The Nurse with Tears in Her Eyes Answered,
    Mr William Grey.............


    The next time someone needs you ... just be there. Stay.
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    Wow, so very touching...

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    Thanks for posting this . . .

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    Wow! Thanks for posting ~ it brought a tear to my eye, too!

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    Thank you. Sometimes we need to pause and remember what's important ...

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    That is so beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy T. View Post
    Thank you. Sometimes we need to pause and remember what's important ...
    I feel the same way
    margaret

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    Ditter, You know how to make us all laugh and cry. I am hoping you have a wonderful Day. Keep up this great gift you have.

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    There are times in all our lives we can stop, and stay, and make a difference. Maybe it's not as dramatic as being at a bedside like this, but there are many other occasions where we can help someone along, if we'll only recognize the opportunities and stop whatever we are doing to focus on someone's else's needs. Thanks for sharing.

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    Such a beautiful story.
    Another Phyllis
    This life is the only one you get - enjoy it before you lose it.

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    That was so beautiful and inspiring. Thanks
    Texas raised, Texas Proud

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    That was beautiful!!
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    Many times Ditter, you make us laugh, this time you made us cry.
    ♥♥♥ Loving Mama ♥♥♥

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    God always seems to send us strangers at such times in our lives. I also cryed

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    Made me cry too. Thank you for sharing. I always enjoy reading your posts. Please keep them coming.

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    You're right, Ditter, I have tears in my eyes.

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    Thank you, Ditter...
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    Writing this as I cry, such great sentiment - I work in a nursing home, so many folks need their hand held to make it through the day . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacup View Post
    There are times in all our lives we can stop, and stay, and make a difference. Maybe it's not as dramatic as being at a bedside like this, but there are many other occasions where we can help someone along, if we'll only recognize the opportunities and stop whatever we are doing to focus on someone's else's needs. Thanks for sharing.

    So true and just think if the whole world would do this what a wonderful place it would be with no wars and no hating others. All my life I remember one of the most important things my Grandmother said to me when I was a child "Don't do anything you wouldn't want to be doing when Jesus is watching you". Scared the goodness out of me then but over the years have realized just what a life's lesson it was.
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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    Wow Ditter!! Thank you for sharing this. Re-enforces the saying:- God moves in mysterious ways.

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    Tears and laughter. They are both worthwhile emotions. Thank you for that wonderful story.
    When a dying man asked his pastor "How long does it take to die?" his pastor's heartfelt reply was "A lifetime." Live life to the fullest, but stop now and then to enjoy the sunset.
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    It gives new meaning to simper fi! Thanks for a great message!

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    Thank you for sharing such a heartfelt story with us.

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    Wonderful story. Thank you.

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    Sounds just like a Marine.

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