Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A mother's love ..

CQ believed that most of us are aware of the recent devastating earthquake that took place last Monday, in Wen Chuan - China.

Thousands of people have been killed and many more could still be missing or not found yet. Amidst horrors of the natural disaster, there are many touching stories from the Wen Chuan tragedy.

CQ received one such story thru' an email that has been translated into English because this Chinese friend thought that this love story of a mother should not stay only in the Chinese community.

"When rescuers found her, she was already dead, crushed by the collapsed house. Through gaps in the rubbles, they could see her posture. Kneeling on both knees, her entire upper body bent forward, held up by her two hands pressed against the ground, as if performing the ceremonial bow in an ancient ritual.

Except, her body had been compressed out of shape and looked somewhat eerie. A rescuer extended his hand through a gap and confirmed her death. He called out to her, and tapped on the bricks with his shaft, but received no response.

As the team walked toward next building, the squad leader suddenly turned back, yelling as he ran, 'Come quick!' He came to her remain, labored to maneuver his hand under her body, searching. He called out following some rummaging, 'There's someone, a child, still alive.'

With some effort, rescuers carefully removed the debris burying her, found her child lying beneath her, bundled in a little red blanket decorated with yellow flower prints. He was about 3-4 months old.

Shielded by his mother's body , he was totally unharmed, sleeping peacefully as he was brought out. His soundly asleep face warmed the hearts of all rescuers on the scene. As the rescue team's doctor unbundled the blanket to examine the baby, he discovered a mobile phone tucked into the blanket. He subconsciously looked at the display, found there was a SMS message.

'My Dear Baby, If you were to stay alive, you must remember that I love you.'

No stranger to the pain and sorrow brought by death, the doctor nonetheless wept at this moment. The cell phone was passed around, every person who read the message wept."

CQ too wept while reading this story. Tho' CQ could not confirm the authenticity of this story, CQ was wondering what will happen to the little helpless baby. The only memories he has of his beloved mother is her last SMS message during an earthquake. The dead woman showed her unconditional love in protecting her son from harm with her very own life.

Reflecting on CQ's own experience, it will definitely be a struggle and challenge for this little baby boy to grow up without his mother by his side :'(

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