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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-27-06 08:25 PM
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I found an old mirror the other day, and I saw something in it I had not seen before
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Edited on Wed Dec-27-06 08:35 PM by The Straight Story
Often we see reflected back at us simply what is. But that which we cannot see is often more relevant than that which we do.

Here in the mirror I saw more than my ugly mug. Much more.

I was the hope of an expectant mother once. I was the joy on a parent's face on Christmas morning. I was a friend to some folks who had no other friend. The eyes staring back at me came from the love of two people, the soul within me behind those eyes sprang from a moment of passion.

I was something special to two special people. I was their love, their hope, I was their dream in this world.

And as I looked more I saw me now. A daddy. The hope and joy of a little girl. The husband to a wonderful wife. What once was created in love has itself created in love a new life.

I have seen all the hopes and joys that were hope for for me. I have seen all the pain over the years, and felt the hugs of others when I needed them. And I have been there for others when they most needed me.

Then I saw the future. I saw someone like me, looking into that same mirror. The story was shared between us and our lives.

And I saw me laying down on a warm couch to cuddle my daughter and watch a cartoon.

Then I saw the other guy. Laid down in a casket draped with an American flag, flying home from Iraq in a cargo hold.

His mirror has went dark. His future dreams, hopes, and loves erased.

And as I kiss my little girl goodnight, I fear inside to look into that mirror again - for what the future holds for us all. And all I can do is weep.

PS: I wrote this in honor of:
Nathan Given
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  -I found an old mirror the other day, and I saw something in it I had not seen before The Straight Story  Dec-27-06 08:25 PM   #0 
  - K&R..........  CaliforniaPeggy   Dec-27-06 08:31 PM   #1 
  - What a beautiful post!!  rubberducky   Dec-27-06 08:33 PM   #2 
  - peace  madokie   Dec-27-06 08:35 PM   #3 
  - Schopenhauerpoints out  Xipe Totec   Dec-27-06 08:38 PM   #4 
  - Thanks Straight Story.  lonestarnot   Dec-27-06 08:39 PM   #5 
  - Wonderful. Thank you. This has hit Janet and myself very hard!!!  Rick Myers   Dec-27-06 08:42 PM   #6 
  - Damn, Straight Story,  vixengrl   Dec-27-06 09:07 PM   #7 
  - This is wonderfully done. Powerful and thoughtful. Thanks. n/t  renie408   Dec-27-06 09:11 PM   #8 
  - Well done. n/t  H2O Man   Dec-27-06 09:13 PM   #9 
  - Thanks my friend  The Straight Story   Dec-27-06 10:39 PM   #14 
  - k  Lochloosa   Dec-27-06 09:16 PM   #10 
  - Thank you so much.  Th1onein   Dec-27-06 09:21 PM   #11 
  - Thank you for sharing this, TSS. For each and every underdog Soldier in the night  TomInTib   Dec-27-06 09:36 PM   #12 
  - Indeed my friend  The Straight Story   Dec-27-06 09:41 PM   #13 
  - For all the Natan Given's of this world -  Bullwinkle925   Dec-27-06 10:44 PM   #15 
  - That's a beautiful reminder of the significance of a single human life.  LaraMN   Dec-27-06 11:01 PM   #16 
  - Wow - thanks  Synnical   Dec-28-06 08:18 AM   #17 
  - touching words  shireen   Dec-28-06 09:42 AM   #18 
  - i wish for you that the mirror reflect peace  Generic Other   Dec-28-06 10:31 AM   #19 
  - K&R!  BluePatriot   Dec-28-06 10:50 AM   #20 
  - Lovely post  malaise   Dec-28-06 10:54 AM   #21 
  - Thank You  Irishonly   Dec-28-06 11:22 AM   #22 
  - This is really beautiful and moving. Am sending this to my daughter.  AikidoSoul   Dec-28-06 11:53 AM   #23 
  - DOH!  The Straight Story   Dec-28-06 12:01 PM   #24 
     - Thank you yourself... and keep this up will ya?  AikidoSoul   Dec-28-06 12:47 PM   #25 
  - Bless you.  colorado_ufo   Dec-28-06 01:01 PM   #26 
  - That was beautiful! I'm going to cry!  Joanne98   Dec-28-06 02:42 PM   #27 
  - Beautiful! n/t  ceile   Dec-28-06 02:43 PM   #28 
  - Crying, thank you. nt  Chalco   Dec-28-06 02:57 PM   #29 
  - The candle  Johnny Noshoes   Dec-28-06 03:48 PM   #30 
  - Beautiful  The Straight Story   Dec-28-06 04:25 PM   #33 
  - Hey Straight -  Vektor   Dec-28-06 04:02 PM   #31 
  - Thanks friend  The Straight Story   Dec-28-06 04:24 PM   #32 
     - No problem!  Vektor   Dec-29-06 11:23 AM   #35 
        - Smart ladies are the best!  The Straight Story   Dec-30-06 12:39 AM   #36 
           - You too.  Vektor   Dec-30-06 01:15 AM   #37 
  - Blessings  realpolitik   Dec-28-06 07:28 PM   #34 
 

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