Tuesday, March 22, 2011

That's Love: Defining Life

The story I'm sharing today defines so much of life. It defines many lives. The cute little boy with the tiny eyes in the photo below is my father. The lovely french woman kissing his cheek is my Memere. It may be difficult to read the article from the clipping so I typed it all out below. ♥

A tow-headed two-year-old boy got up this morning and packed away a heaping dish of corn flakes and milk with gusto, little the worse for a 30-foot plunge from his third-floor kitchen window last night.

Richard Broderick, today had only a slight scratch on his right hip and a bit of soreness here and there to remind him of him stumble to the grass below.

Richard was playing in the kitchen with his one-year-old sister, Dolores, while his father was watching television in the living room. The window was slightly open for ventilation and the boy apparently pushed it up and fell out.

His father, heard the scream, dashed down the stairs and found Richard crawling toward him and crying a little. He was taken to the Hospital in a police cruiser. Examination showed no injuries.

Mrs. Broderick, didn't hear about the mishap until she arrived home shortly before midnight. "When my husband found out Richard wasn't hurt, he didn't want to upset me by calling me at the factory." "When I got home, Richard smile at me and cried out, 'Mom', but he wouldn't come to me. He just clung to high father." "Now, when Richard looks at the window, he won't smile."

Today, Mr. Broderick is making sure there'll be no more accidents. He's putting full-length screens all around the apartment. [The End]

3 stories may not sound very high but even just looking outside your window of your second floor and imagining taking a fall, it's a long way down. Never mind, going up one more flight. I think often about this story and how life would play out. I wouldn't be here nor would my sister. All of the lives my father has touched and the memories made would be erased from the moment of the fall. One moment defines our lives. I'm so thankful for my father. (I also, inherited his fear of heights) ♥