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#1 SINNETT

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:25 AM



I THINK LIKE MOST OF YOU I HAVE BEEN HORRIFIED AT THE NEWS OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. EVERYTHING HAS BEEN SHOCKING, EITHER THE NATURAL DISASTERS OR THE PEOPLE LOOTING AMIDST ALL THE MISERY. sad.gif

WELL I NEED SOMETHING MORE UPLIFTING IN MY LIFE SO LETS HAVE SOME STORIES OF GOOD NEWS ˝ SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF. smile.gif

I HAVE TWO STORIES TO START WITH, BOTH TRUE ABOUT FRIENDS OF MINE.

THE FIRST WAS IN LONDON ONE MORNING WHEN A FRIEND WAS ON HER WAY TO WORK AS USUAL. SHE HAD JUST ARRIVED AT THE UNDERGROUND STATION AND JOINED THE CROWD HEADING FOR THE TRAINS WHEN SHE SAW A MAN IN DISTRESS. WITHIN SECONDS HE HAD COLLAPSED. MY FRIEND HAD DONE BASIC FIRST AID MANY YEARS AGO AND RUSHED TO HELP, THANKFULLY HE WAS STILL BREATHING SO SHE YELLED FOR SOMEONE TO CALL THE AMBULANCE AND STAYED WITH THE MAN. UNFORTUNEATELY HE HAD ANOTHER TURN AND THIS TIME HIS BREATHING HAD STOPPED. AUTOMATICALLY SHE BEGAN MOUTH TO MOUTH AND A COUPLE OF STAFF ARRIVED TO HELP. SHE CONTINUED TO KEEP THE MAN BREATHING UNTIL THE PARAMEDICS ARRIVED, THEY TOOK OVER, STABALISED HIM AND GOT HIM TO HOSPITAL WHERE HE SURVIVED.

MY FRIEND GOT A LETTER OF COMMENDATION FOR SAVING THE MANS LIFE.

WHEN I TALKED TO HER ABOUT IT THOUGH SHE TOLD ME SHE WASNÝT PROUD OF SAVING HIS LIFE ˝ SHE WAS PROUD THAT SHE STOPPED TO HELP WHEN EVERYONE ELSE WALKED PAST.


THE OTHER STORY IS A FRIEND WHO SHOCKED US ALL AT THE AGE OF 43 BY TELLING US THAT SHE WAS GOING TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. SHE WAS ALWAYS TOLD THAT SHE WOULD NEVER AMOUNT TO ANYTHING OTHER THAN GETTING MARRIED SO SHE LEFT SCHOOL WITHOUT TAKING ANY EXAMS AT ALL.

SEVEN YEARS LATER SHE CELEBRATED HER 50th BIRTHDAY HAVING GRADUATED FROM UNIVERSITY WITH A DEGREE IN ENGLISH. SHE IS NOW A FULLY QUALIFIED TEACHER AND LOVES HER NEW CAREER.

OVER TO YOU EVERYONE


#2 Sandra

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 06:54 PM

Thanks Caroline - these are great stories that restore our faith in human kind - very uplifting to the spririt and yes - I agree, more stories like these please!

I wouldn't hesitate to stop and help someone - I can't believe that people just keep walking on ! Quite a few years ago, my brother got bashed up for no reason when he just stepped off the train during peak hour. No-one stopped to help him - can you believe that? He was wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. He was attacked from behind going up the stairs. I think people may have wanted his wallet or watch.

It would have been nice for others to stop and help him - there were many, many people around . . . . sad.gif

I will stop there - sorry I don't have any stories like Caroline's and can only offer this one.

I'd rather hear of instances where there are more thoughtful people in the world!

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 05:26 AM

Hello Caroline, Nice to see you back!

The stories you told are really something! I cannot think of anything to match them right now.....

Thank you for sharing...and lovely to see you have returned safe and well!

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#4 Petals

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Posted 08 October 2005 - 04:29 AM

Sorry, posted under wrong heading.... ph34r.gif

Edited by Jacqueline, 09 October 2005 - 07:31 AM.


#5 KK

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Posted 08 October 2005 - 08:43 PM


Hmmm....good topic. These sound like heroic deeds to me. I don't fit that. unsure.gif
The first thing that comes to my mind. Are the BLUE RIBBONS I won this week at the State Fair. That makes me happy laugh.gif because it's a lot of hard work and fun. I won for photography, baking, flowers and produce.
Thinking harder blink.gif ohmy.gif the tutoring I do at the Literacy Council twice a week is very rewarding and alot of fun.
Now, I feel silly like I'm bragging. tongue.gif laugh.gif But I really am so excited about the Blue Ribbons. One is a Solids photo. I will sent it to members photos when I get it back. laugh.gif biggrin.gif tongue.gif blink.gif ohmy.gif


Now let's get back to some heroic deeds. biggrin.gif


#6 Printerslady

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Posted 08 October 2005 - 11:39 PM

Hey, KK, way to go with the Blue Ribbons!! You deserve an "atta-girl!" laugh.gif I can't wait to see your photo. I haven't been to the State Fair yet, but hopefully we'll be going in the next few days. Now that the weather's finally cooled off, it should be nice!

So, what did you bake that won you a blue ribbon?

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 06:07 AM

KK - Congrats!! Blue Ribbons!!!!
What did you bake? I can't wait to see the photo.


Way to go, girl!!!! biggrin.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif


#8 KK

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 12:32 PM


Thank you, Catherine & Katita.

I baked Brownies-Blue ribbon,Chocolate Chip Cookies-Blue ribbon,Oatmeal Cookies-Red ribbon, and Peanut Butter Cookies-no ribbon.
laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif smile.gif
It was great fun! and yes I have photos of all of it! You will be forced to see it all laugh.gif laugh.gif


#9 Queenie

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 03:23 PM

KK, I can see you smiling from ear to ear.
I have just one question?
Is it a little hard to eat the cookies with a ribbon hanging out of them. huh.gif
I am just joking, I am so happy for you; tongue.gif if I had been judging you would have won a ribbon for the peanut butter cookies, they are my favorite.
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#10 KK

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 07:42 PM


Hi Queenie,
Thank you biggrin.gif the floss is great a removing the blue ribbon laugh.gif laugh.gif

Gee, I thought the peanut butter cookies were good ohmy.gif just not good enough laugh.gif I like a challenge. I'll bake em' again next year. tongue.gif


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Posted 10 October 2005 - 07:58 AM

Well here goes this is a true story.
In the early 80's my husband's mother passed away and before she died
she told us were some items came from and left notes in the other items.
One particular item a gold pocket watch had a particular history.
My husband's family business was a corner grocery store and lunch counter in their small rural town. It was war time and groceries were at a premium.
A family on the next street came in to buy some groceries and not having the money Jerry's grandmother took the man's gold pocket watch till he could come
back in and pay for the groceries.
Well to make a long story short, the man for some reason never got his pocket watch, so after about 40 + years Jerry and I returned it to the man's son. His son whom was a family friend and doctor broke down at the sight of his father's pocket watch (his father had since passed) and thank us.
It was a good feeling knowing we had returned the pocket watch to its rightful heir.
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#12 VEGAS LADY

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:08 AM



PAM, THAT IS A WONDERFUL, KIND, STORY....... smile.gif smile.gif

Regards.....Margaret


#13 Queenie

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:24 AM

Hi Margaret,
Glad to brighten your day, as you have mine!
Warm thoughts always! rolleyes.gif


#14 Petals

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 12:32 PM

Just read your story Pam and it really is good to read! As Margaret said, it is truly a wonderful story...

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#15 VEGAS LADY

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 03:02 PM


Hi Pam.... smile.gif

Forgot to tell you that I had bought a dolls house, large victorian, got to build it yet, will do it over our winter time.

I kept looking and looking at the photo's of yours and as I have wanted one for years decided to go for it. The money was a bit painfull sad.gif but I soon got over it) laugh.gif and just blamed you...... laugh.gif laugh.gif

My best regards to you......Margaret

Edited by VEGAS LADY, 10 October 2005 - 03:03 PM.





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