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1 "Your son is here," she said to the old man. on Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:04 pm

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> 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.

> WE



Oh My, that made my heart hurt, a good message in that post~ and a very good lesson.

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