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.
A very nice picture.
Woohoo fuck islam !!!!!!!
This is the most idiotic and ignorant thing I think I’ve ever seen on Tumblr, and I’ve seen a lot of stupid shit from some of the people I follow… Why are we as Americans so ignorant and afraid of something we don’t make an attempt to understand? We make assumptions and judgements on things we know NOTHING about.. We accept what we see on tv and apply that to an entire religion that covers a huge portion of the world… Almost 23 percent of the world is Muslim… That’s 1.6 BILLION people… Yet they’ve all been grouped into the same category as the .07% of fundamentalist fanatics that we’re fighting… Fucking ignorance.. It’s embarrassing.. Maybe instead of burning the Quran you should pull your head out of your ass and try and read one and see what Islam is actually about and try to see where Muslims are coming from and have an understanding of the core values and principles of Islam or even just some type of general knowledge of the culture and ideology.. Or you can just continue to be fucking stupid which I’m sure you will..
I know what Islam is about. Its about domination of those who aren’t like them. It’s about destruction of the infidels… Who are anybody that isn’t them. 9/11 is a great example of the way muslims feel because In the rest of the world as we wept it was a god damn party as they danced in the streets. The Boston bombing. Literally thousands of attacks since 9/11 prove exactly what the fucking muslims are. These things riot and murder people because somebody draws a cartoon they don’t like, but there wasn’t a peep of outrage in the Muslim community over 9/11. You claim its just the radicals, but if I’m very small percentage is doing something a large group doesn’t like the large group could very easily stamp out this small minority of radicals if they wanted. But its not a small minority of radicals. Just yesterday they arrested yet another muslim here in the US with a bomb he planned to set off tomorrow. “Peaceful” muslims fund hamas and other terror organizations… if they reeeeealy didn’t like what the small fraction of radicals were doing, they could stop sending them money but of course they don’t. You are the ignorant one as you have been convinced that muslims aren’t the problem as they actively work to kill you, your family and friends. Fuck islam, fuck muhammed with a fat pork sausage and fuck you.
Conditional governmental assistance is re enslavement too!
The US was able to produce 90% of its own energy in May and has produced more petroleum products than Saudi Arabia in every month since last November. This energy bonanza in the US — described as the “energy equivalent of the Berlin Wall coming down” — would have been largely unthinkable even five years ago. The US is now the world’s No. 1 producer of petroleum for seven months running. Welcome to America’s amazing shale revolution.
I’ve heard it said that the US has more oil in shale, crude, natural gas and oil sands than all the OPEC nations… combined. We just need to get off our rumps and go get it.
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