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Topic: Life (06/15/06)
By Mary Lang
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Zoom in. Focus on one person for an instant and view a personal snapshot.
Here’s a photo of the friend who calls with news on her husband’s chemo treatment for pancreatic cancer. He is at the stage where his nerve endings are severely distressed. When he touches anything cold, it feels like intense pricks on his fingers and hands, so he wears gloves. If he swallows something cold, it feels like he is swallowing shards of broken glass. Statistics show that only 1-4% of pancreatic cancer patients are alive after 5 years.
In this frame: Life for them is on hold while they tend to his illness.
Picture the joyful young husband and wife who just had their first baby. He is a beautiful boy. He is tiny, but his suckling instinct is not yet strong so he is not been getting the nourishment he needs to grow. He can’t lose any more of his birth weight or he’ll need to have IVs.
In this photo: Life for them revolves around getting the child to suckle.
Envision the son calling from the neighboring city where he was attending a community college. He needs help moving from his apartment. He’s not sure to which university he’ll be applying, so he’ll be moving home for awhile. He needs a temporary haven to think.
In this snapshot: Life for him is about choices and how to achieve wants to do in the world.
Picture the strong minded career woman who goes to dinner with a man she is hoping to know better. Her strengths have driven away men of weaker natures and she has been left looking for someone to share her life.
In this cameo: Life for her is about finding true love.
Imagine the husband who calls from a far away state where he and his sister are settling the estate of their parents. They cleaned out closets, cupboards, and the garage, sorting for an auction the things their parents accumulated in a lifetime. They release to the next person the things their parents treasured.
In this picture: Life for them is about a final farewell and moving on.
Multiply the scenes by millions in a vast array of ssettings. Assemble these moments of time into an album. Label them: births, choices, love, illnesses, deaths. They are snapshots in a photo album of life.
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