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Hey, Irishlass. Nikka misses you.
August 1, 2002
10:27 pm
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August 14, 2002
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Hi Nikka, I miss you too!! It is funny how much a part of your thoughts everyone on this thread becomes. Sometimes to me like characters in a book. You identity with, grieve with, and hope for their eventual, spirtual and physical recoveries. I am in a car, subway, bus, train, plane and other then my family I think about you all. I wish I could kiss everyonone's hurts and make it better. Gaggy, but true. I have been on vacation with family. I met up with my daughter, ( I think you know the story) ...I really don't wish to discuss that now...I called my birth daughter when I got back and she was glad to hear from me. I read a little book while I was away by Peter Marshall called "Apples of Gold"
It was encouraging and inspiring.

If you don't mind reading I would like to relate some of what I read. I am not very good at verbatim stuff, but here goes:

Don't nurse a wound, let it heal.
My mom and I continually talk about the daughters that don't speak to us, we won't do that anymore. IF we beat that dead horse it will never heal. She and I have already agreed that that is the best way to go.

Apples of Gold are words. Words of encouragement go such a long way. Words of anger and hostility don't. So many people would thrive instead of fester with simple words ( verbalized sincerely) Words meant to hurt can never be taken back. They remain a thorn, and sorry is never enough, once voiced.

When feelings are hurt, the spirit is wounded. A wounded spirit doesn't function well. Emotional wounds are more serious than a physical wound because they take that much longer to heal.

There were different sections in the book that talked about Abe Lincoln and Winston Churchill. It seems that Abe wrote a letter to a Mrs. Bixby in Boston, who had lost 5 sons in the line of duty, in the Civil War. I can't recall the exact words but it was something along the lines of " that he would not beguile her with false words of understanding and sympathy, his words would sound weak and insulting not only to her ears but his. It was a beautiful letter written by a great man. If my memory serves me well, it is hanging in Oxford University.

The other story I would like to relate is one I was quite amazed to read. I had never known this.

The story goes like this: An English couple went on vacation to Scotland
with their young son. The son went off on his own and happening upon a pond in the area (and being like most young boys) decided to shed his clothes and dive in. He got a cramp in his leg and began to shout for help. Another young boy, ( the son of a farmer) was working in the fields and hearing this cry for help rushed to the rescue. The father, very grateful, for his son's rescue went to see the farmer boy to show his gratitude. When he met the boy he asked him, " What would you like to do with your life?" The young boy replied: " I guess, be a farmer like my father." The rescued boy's father asked him: " IF you could, what would you want to do?" The boy replied: Well, we are very poor, but if I could, I would like to be a doctor." Upon hearing that the father said: I will pay for all the costs of your education.

In 1943, Winston Churchill was in South Africa, suffering from pnemonia. His doctor called upon Sir. Ian Flemming, to come to South Afica and heal Churchill. DR. Flemming had discovered penicillin. Off he went and for the second time in his life rescued Winston Churchill. I have never believed that anything was coincidental. I don't think you do either, Nikka, one of the many reasons I like you. Namaste. When I went home on vacation, My sister taught me the correct way to say Namaste. I was giving it an English sound. It is almost French, in a way.
Namaste!!
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August 14, 2002
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I am so learning to understand, but more importantly appreciate all that word means. Thank you for making it part of my thoughts.

August 14, 2002
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I just need to log some stuff as I thing back on what a venting, fun, exhilerating, yet peaceful time I had with my parents and siblings on our vacation together. Like my mother said to me, " you will never know how much I love you". Oh, yes I do, because it is reciprocated. You taught me at your knee to love and I have done it for mine, even though she can't appreciate it yet. My parents know how much I love them because we have come full circle and we are at that time in relationships where it only gets better. I have rampled, but as Maxwell Smart would say....loving it!!

August 14, 2002
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Hey Irish:))) hugz to you. YOur heart is big and loveable...i miss uk polly too, where is she?

August 16, 2002
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Is nikka and UK polly one and the same. I don't know. Doesn't matter...where are ya' Nik??

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