Happy Almost Father's Day! The following, from August 17, 2007, is about something my father did fifty-nine years ago which changed a number of lives. The picture is of Dad with his parents, Harold and Minnie Hawley, in Michigan.
Part of dealing with Dad's stroke has been informing his (and Mom's) friends who haven't heard. Yesterday, Susan Jones and I went through their address box and pulled out people who don't live in St. Louis. Susan called most of them but I saved one for myself. In my folks' earlier lives, they lived in Brooklyn, New York where Dad was a minister. There, he studied the Bible with a young, transplanted Nebraskan named Stan. On July 28, 1957, Dad baptized Stan into Jesus Christ. There is only one way I know that piece of information. Every July 28 since his immersion, Stan has called my dad to commemorate the event. Three days before Dad's stroke, Stan phoned my father on the fiftieth anniversary of his baptism and they caught up with all the news in each others' lives. Stan was understandably shocked when I told him about the stroke. I spent three-quarters of an hour talking with Stan and his lovely wife, Bonnie. I found out that they became a Marriage Encounter Team Couple because of Mom and Dad. I learned they spent time together the year Dad taught at Pepperdine University, close to Stan and Bonnie's California home. It reinforced that my parents have made a difference in the world. I need that these days when I see them both struggling with monumental health issues. Dad has eleven-and-a-half months to get better. Stan will expect him to answer the phone next July 28.
Applicable quote of the day:
"A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails."
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