Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Heart Of Compassion ~
It was a horrible two weeks when we lost our dog Jack. Charlie was getting ready to go to the store for our weekly lotto ticket, he asked me if I wanted anything. Usually I will tell him a "Lean Green Tea," "Diet Pepsi," or a "Hershey's Chocolate bar with Almonds." I was so down, I didn't want anything. Charlie came back with the biggest Hershey's Chocolate bar with Almonds, I have ever seen in my life! As Charlie handed it to me, he said, he thought I needed some BIG comfort. I couldn't believe how big it was! I couldn't even unwrap it, let alone eat it. It still sits unwrapped and uneaten. When I come across it, I am reminded of how sweet and thoughtful my husband is.
The day before yesterday, he did a job for a Sheriff that pulled up in front of the house recently. The sheriff explained that his son and daughter-in-law were getting ready to have a baby and would like to have a ceiling fan put in before the weather got too hot. The sheriff asked Charlie if he had any grandchildren. Charlie replied, "I have seven, and you? Is this your first?" The sheriff said, "Yes and no, I should have three, my son and daughter-in-law were going to have twins and they lost them when she was seven months along. This is there second time getting pregnant." Charlie apologized and told the sheriff he couldn't even imagine. Charlie told the sheriff, "You know what, just tell me where they live and I will put it in, no charge." The sheriff was shocked and told Charlie, "No no, you don't have to do that." Charlie insisted and told the sheriff he wanted to and wouldn't have it any other way. As Charlie was getting ready to do the job, he expressed to me, "Ange, can you imagine? I mean, with what we feel about losing Jack, what this family has felt and gone through?"
A grieving heart transforms into a heart of compassion and helping others.