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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 17, 2005
ďI shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.ĒóBy Booker T. Washington
Source: These Times, Copyright (c) December 1966, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
When faced with the breakup of her parents' marriage, a hurting teenager named Kimberly used the following word picture in this letter to her father, Steve:
It's late at night, and Iím sitting in the middle of my bed writing to you. I've wanted to talk with you so many times during the past few weeks. But there never seems to be any time
when we're alone.
Dad, I realize you're dating someone else. And I know you and Mom may never get back together. That's terribly hard to accept - especially knowing that you may never come back
home or be an "everyday" dad to me and Brian again. But I want you at least to understand whatís going on in our lives.
Don't think that Mom asked me to write this. She didn't. She doesn't know Iím writing, and neither does Brian. I just want to share with you what I've been thinking. Dad, I feel like our family has been riding in a nice car for a long time. You know, the kind you always like to have as a company car. It's the kind that has every extra inside and not a scratch on the outside.
But over the years, the car has developed some problems. It's smoking a lot, the wheels wobble, and the seat covers are ripped. The car's been really hard to drive or ride in because of all the shaking and squeaking. But its still a great automobile - or at least it could be. With a little work, I know it could run for years.
Since we got the car, Brian and I have been in the backseat while you and Mom have been up front. We feel really secure with you driving and Mom beside you. But last month. Mom was at the wheel.
It was night time, and we had just turned the comer near our house. Suddenly, we all looked up and saw another car, out of control, heading straight for us. Mom tried to swerve out of the way, but the other car smashed into us. The impact sent us flying off the road and crashing into a lamppost.
The thing is, Dad, just before we were hit, we could see that you were driving the other car. And we saw something else: Sitting next to you was another woman.
It was such a terrible accident that we were all rushed to the emergency ward. But when we asked where you were, no one knew. We're still not really sure where you are or if you were hurt or if you need help.
Mom was really hurt. She was thrown into the steering wheel and broke several ribs. One of them punctured her lungs and almost pierced her heart.
When the car wrecked, the back door smashed into Brian. He was covered with cuts from the broken glass, and he shattered his arm, which is now in a cast. But that's not the worst.
He's sail in so much pain and shock that he doesn't want to talk or play with anyone.
As for me, I was thrown from the car. I was stuck out in the cold for a long time with my right leg broken. As I lay there, I couldn't move and didn't know what was wrong with Mom and Brian. I was hurting so much myself that I couldn't help them.
There have been times since that night when I wondered if any of us would make it. Even though we're getting a little better, were all still in the hospital. The doctors say I'll need a lot of therapy on my leg, and I know they can help me get better. But I wish it were you who was helping me, instead of them.
The pain is so bad, but what's even worse is that we all miss you so much. Every day we wait to see if you're going, to visit us in the hospital, and every day you don't come. I know its over. But my heart would explode with joy if somehow I could look up and see you walk into my room.
At night when the hospital is really quiet, they push Brian and me into Momís room, and we all talk about you. We talk about how much we loved driving with you and how we wish you were with us now.
Are you all right? Are you hurting from the wreck? Do you need us like we need you? If you need me, Iím here and I love you.
(A few days after receiving Kimberlyís letter, Steve appeared on his familyís doorstep and asked to come back. :o)
Source: Night Light: A Devotional for Couples, By Dobson, James C.; Dobson, Shirley Published by Multnomah Pub (September 1, 2000), ISBN: 1576736741, http://isbn.nu/1576736741
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
This truck has been in 15 accidents...and hasn't lost one yet..
Humpty-Dumpty was pushed!
Faster than a speeding ticket!
Adults are just kids with money.
T.G.I.F Thank God I'm Female.
They keep saying the right person will come along; I think a bus hit mine.
Your lucky color has faded.
Source: Top Greetings
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Recently we called a business phone number and heard the following: If you are calling from a touch-tone phone, press one now. If you are calling from a rotary phone, hang up and call back from a touch-tone phone.
Source: Top Greetings
Major Natural Disasters
Deaths Event Location Year
3,700,000 Flood China 1931
300,000 Cyclone Bangladesh 1970
255,000 Earthquake China 1976
150,000+ Tsunami South Asia 2004
143,000 Earthquake Japan 1923
139,000 Cyclone Bangladesh 1991
100,000 Tsunami Japan 1703
70,000 Tsunami Portugal 1755
50,000 Earthquake Iran 1990
31,000 Earthquake Iran 2003
Sources: World Almanac, U.S. Geological Survey, Associated Press
Source: U.S. News & World Report, January 10, 2005, http://www.usnews.com