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Instant Karma

At my sister's funeral, my father got up and spoke briefly to all who had gathered. He said that he had lost his daughter 10 years ago when she moved to Texas (and married a Texan). Someone shouted out, "You didn't lose a daughter, you gained a son!" My dad also said that his biggest fear when his daughter moved to Texas was that she would vote for George Bush. Five days later my brother-in-law told me that he had shouted out in reply, "She already did!"

At the time, angels prevented me for hearing such a thing....

My dad has a burning dislike for Dubya and his policies. This is an understatement. At my sister's viewing, my dad stood over my sister's dead body, a body which also held a dead baby and when he tore himself away from the coffin, he said to me with tears streaming down his face, "I feel so sorry for the people of Iraq."

He's burying his daughter and his grandson and he thinks of the people in Iraq who are also mourning the loss of their loved ones. And he loves someone who voted for George Bush. He loves someone who was raised by him, to think for herself, to love the earth above all, someone who, at the age of 31 and eight months pregnant with her first child, voted for Bush.




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Jun. 17th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
Jun. 17th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
Heartbreaking - and yet, hope-inspiring...

It's always nice to know that there are other people in the world who think of people in terms of humanity rather than nationality.

There's no such thing as a death that goes unmourned - whether it's a loved one, or someone labeled as "enemy" or "stranger" or "foreigner" - there's still someone whose heart grieves for their loss.

My best to you and your dad - and your sister's family.
Jun. 17th, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
You had comments turned off so I now ake this opportunity to tell you that your kitty's demise made me tear up. I am so sad for you.
And now, this too.
I send you a hug.
Jun. 17th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
Ah, thanks. I appreciate that....
Jun. 17th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
My heart aches for you. I question how a beautiful person like you could be handed so much grief and loss. I don't pray much, but please know that you're in my thoughts.
Jun. 18th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
This saddens me to hear of- even though we don't really know each other, my heart is very sad for yours and your families. You are in my heart and thoughts right now.
Jun. 18th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Jun. 18th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry about the loss of your sister and your nephew.

Your dad sounds like a really caring, great guy. You're lucky to have him.
Jun. 18th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
Terrible news.. oh dear :( So sorry..
Jun. 18th, 2005 05:12 am (UTC)
i'm so sorry to hear about your sister and her baby.
Jun. 18th, 2005 06:00 am (UTC)
I wanted to offer my condolences, but I didn't want it to come off as trite as things often can on this kind of forum. I really hope the best for you and your family.

People deal with grief in different ways. Sometimes it's hard to focus on the loss of what's right in front of you, but it's nice to hear your dad has a heart for that regardless.

God bless.
Jun. 18th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Jun. 18th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about Jimmy. Had he been drinking?
We are in So. Soux City, going to the wedding this evening. Family says HI.
Jun. 22nd, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
Oh Dor...
I don't even know what to say. At least not here, not so public, ya know?
Hope to see you soon.

Jun. 22nd, 2005 01:31 am (UTC)
Thank you.

It's hard....
Jun. 28th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to let you know that I've been thinking of you and your family, and that I'll keep you all in my thoughts. And that if it ever strikes you that talking to a total stranger would be something you'd like to do, my email address is princessreborn@hotmail.com, and I am a good listener, and would be happy to be there to listen.

My heart to you.
Jul. 5th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
So sorry about Karma and Brandon... some women-friends met with your Mom last week for wine and pizza and tears and reminiscing... I'm a recently new friend of hers... but I feel her (your) pain mightily... Shelly
Jul. 9th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
My deepest sympathy for your loss.
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