Just Stay: The Marine Son Story

Found this story and wanted to pass it along. Has nothing to do with working dogs but I enjoyed it so I thought you might.

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 Just Stay

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside.

“Your son is here,” she said to the old man.

She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s   eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand.   The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed.All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted   ward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength.  Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile.
He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital – the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients.

Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.

Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her.

“Who was that man?” he asked.
The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered.
“No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.”

“Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?”

“I knew right away there had been a mistake,
but I also knew he needed his son, and his
son just wasn’t here.
When I realized that he was too sick to tell
whether or not I was his son,
knowing how much he needed me, I stayed.”

The next time someone needs you … just be there.  Stay.
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  WE ARE NOT HUMAN BEINGS GOING THROUGH A
TEMPORARY SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE.

WE ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS GOING THROUGH A TEMPORARY
HUMAN EXPERIENCE.

PLEASE PASS THIS ONE ON AND
 GOD WILL BLESS YOU!
THIS IS WHAT WE ARE PUT ON THIS EARTH TO DO ANYWAY.  RIGHT ?
HAVE A GREAT DAY AND BLESS SOMEONE ELSE IN SOME LITTLE WAY TODAY!
GOD IS SO GOOD.

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4 Responses to “Just Stay: The Marine Son Story”

  1. Brilliant story! Glod bless America and our troops. I hope ya’ll all come home quickly and safely!

    vb

  2. How many of us have the Honor, Courage and Commitment to take on the request of a dying man for his son to be there with him for the last few hours. To reach out and take hold without a second thought.
    How many of us could speak of love and and enjoyable times with out letting the dying man learn that the one with him was not his son?

    Marines — The Few
    The Proud —– Who know when it is time to be. . .
    Humble and Caring

  3. …did not intend to read such a moving story while surfing the web with German Shepherds in mind.

  4. Thank you for sharing such a moving story. Having several Marines in the family, it is something a soldier would pride themselves in being part of. Thank you!!!!

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