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Topic: FAMILY VACATION (07/30/15)
- TITLE: God's Miracle
By C D Swanson
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“Marie, we have to get going if we want to keep with our schedule. Are you ready?” My Dad waited for Mom to answer.
“Yes Dom. I’m finished as of right now.” She closed the huge blue suitcase that was unbreakable. The same one in the commercial showing two gorillas stomping on it and throwing it about to test its durability, yes it was quite the suitcase.
My sister and brother ran ahead of me racing to make sure they’d get the prime window seats. “Oh well, looks like I’ll be squished into the center once again. But at least I’ll have my Barbie doll and books to keep me occupied.”
This was to be our first trip in our brand new “woody” station wagon. The seats were leather and snow white. It was so beautiful to behold, and so much room that I wasn’t going to be squished after all.
We were all piled in and ready to get going when we heard someone scream, “Wait!”
My dad looked into his rear view mirror and saw Denise my young friend running toward the car.
“Denise, what’s wrong?”
“My mother! Hurry, the baby is coming. My dad is working and she’s all alone! Hurry!”
My father and mother each ran for our neighbors house. My siblings and I were concerned, but we didn’t have any idea what was going to happen from that point on.
My mother appeared from the neighbor’s house and ran toward us, “Children, I’m sorry but there’s been a change of plans, just for the moment. Jo, I’m afraid you’ll have to stay here with your brother and sister while we take Mrs. Dignum to the hospital.”
We let out a collective sigh, and my big sister said, “Okay Mom, but does this mean we don’t get to go on vacation today?”
“We’ll see. We have to take her to the hospital.” As my mother finished her sentence my dad opened the car door and placed Mrs. Dignum into the back seat. My mom got in with her.
“We’ll be back in a little while. Just wait in the house. Jo, look after your brother and sister.”
She nodded as the automobile pulled away. We could still hear Mrs. Dignum’s screams as my dad drove away.
My sister Jo, six years older than me knew more about what was happening than I did. My brother, three years older than me, started playing basketball in our driveway.
Jo asked, “are you okay?” I nodded yes.
It was about three hours later that my parent’s returned. My father got out of the car with blood stained pants. I screamed and ran over to him, “What happened Daddy?”
“No, it’s okay princess. I’m fine. Mrs. Dignum didn’t quite make it to the hospital in time. The baby couldn’t wait and your mom and I had to deliver her in the back seat.”
My mother looked at him and smiled. “Yes, it was a blessing to see God’s miracle of birth, and that we were able to assist in the delivery.”
“But, Daddy! I cried, “The car is it all messed up?”
My kind beautiful parents laughed. “Princess, it’s a little messy. But, I’ll clean it up in no time. But, we were able to help our neighbor…and that’s more important than the cleanliness of our car right? The baby is fine, the mommy is doing well too. And, we’ll be able to get on the road soon. Okay?”
I remember that day so vividly in my mind’s eye and it remains in the confines of my heart. My two late parents, who were so giving and caring, taking care of our neighbor just as Jesus would have them do. They set fine examples for us all the days of their lives, and their spirit lives on in all of us, and their grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Yes, I’ll never forget the beginning of our family vacation, all those years ago…
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