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Here's a point worth remembering.....
December 19, 2001
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> > A Woman and a Fork
> >
> > There was a young woman who had been diagnosed
> with
> > a terminal illness and
> > had been given three months to live. So as she was
> > getting her things "in
> > order," she contacted her Rabbi and had him come
> to
> > her house to discuss
> > certain aspects of her final wishes.
> >
> > She told him which songs she wanted sung at the
> > service, what scriptures she
> > would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be
> > buried in.
> >
> > Everything was in order and the Rabbi was
> preparing
> > to leave when the young
> > woman suddenly remembered something very important
> > to her.
> > "There's one more thing," she said excitedly.
> > "What' that?" came the Rabbi's reply.
> > "This is very important," the young woman
> continued.
> > "I want to be buried
> > with a fork in my right hand."
> >
> > The Rabbi stood looking at the young woman, not
> > knowing quite what to say.
> > That surprises you, doesn't it?" the young woman
> > asked. "Well, to be honest,
> > I'm puzzled by the request," said the Rabbi.
> >
> > The young woman explained. "My grandmother once
> told
> > me this story, and from
> > there on out, I have always done so. I have also,
> > always tried to pass along
> > its message to those I love and those who are in
> > need of encouragement.
> >
> > In all my years of attending socials and dinners,
> I
> > always remember that when
> > the dishes of the main course were being cleared,
> > someone would inevitably
> > lean over and say,
> >
> > 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because
> I
> > knew that something
> > better was coming...like velvety chocolate cake or
> > deep-dish apple pie.
> > Something wonderful, and with substance!'
> >
> > So, I just want people to see me there in that
> > casket with a fork in my hand
> > and I want them to wonder "What's with the fork?"
> > Then I want you to tell
> > them: "Keep your fork ..the best is yet to come."
> >
> > The Rabbi's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he
> > hugged the young woman
> > good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last
> > times he would see her before
> > her death. But he also knew that the young woman
> had
> > a better grasp of heaven
> > than he did.
> >
> > She had a better grasp of what heaven would be
> like
> > than many people twice
> > her age, with twice as much experience and
> > knowledge.
> >
> > She KNEW that something better was coming.
> >
> > At the funeral people were walking by the young
> > woman's casket and they saw
> > the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in
> her
> > right hand. Over and
> > over, the Rabbi heard the question
> >
> > "What's with the fork?" And over and over he
> smiled.
> >
> > During his message, the Rabbi told the people of
> the
> > conversation he had with
> > the young woman shortly before she died. He also
> > told them about the fork and
> > about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told
> the
> > people how he could not
> > stop thinking about the fork and told them that
> they
> > probably would not be
> > able to stop thinking about it either.
> >
> > He was right. So the next time you reach down for
> > your fork, let it remind
> > you ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.
> > Friends are a very rare
> > jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage
> you
> > to succeed. They lend an
> > ear, they share a word of praise, and they always
> > want to open their hearts
> > to us. Show your friends how much you care.
> Remember
> > to always be there for
> > them, even when you need them more. For you never
> > know when it may be their
> > time to "Keep your fork."
> >
> > Cherish the time you have, and the memories you
> > share... being friends with
> > someone is not an opportunity but a sweet
> > responsibility.
> >
> > Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND

> > And keep your fork.
> >
>

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December 19, 2001
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A definite must for cherry cobbler--
I am a true F.O.F. 🙂

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