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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.

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  • Michael Haslam
    Michael Haslamalmost 4 years ago

    Just beautifuk as is the story!

  • Michael Haslam
    Michael Haslamalmost 4 years ago

    The only problem is you can’t edit comments, I meant “beautiful” but my finger slipped and I didn’t notice until I pressed the button.

  • Laura-Lise Wong
    Laura-Lise Wongalmost 4 years ago

    LOL too funny Mike :) I will have to make sure I type what I want to say hahahaha!!! And thanks so much he really is growing into such a striking young man :)

  • Diane  Kramer
    Diane Kramerover 3 years ago

    touching and very dear…to my heart is this story and the photo of a beautiful dog.

  • Laura-Lise Wong
    Laura-Lise Wongover 3 years ago

    Thanks so much Diane :) I know this story made me cry… my mom volunteers at nursing homes and just the stories she has told me of people whose families have forgotten them really break my heart… my mom is there for them more than their loved ones are…

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