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>> Sunday, June 15, 2008

"There are two ways of spreading Light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." ~Edith Wharton




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It's June 15, 2008. Summertime. And it's sunny, hot, humid, and the smell of BBQ wafts by me. The neighbor's children are outside laughing.
It smells like Summer.
It sounds like Summer.
It most definitely feels like Summer.

And I'm thinking of Christmas.

Not *just* Christmas, more like the TV specials that typically mark that time of year.
And one particular movie stands head & shoulders above all the rest for me:
It's a Wonderful Life.


Frank Capra was simply brilliant in echoing the meaning of nine lines on a Christmas card, and being inspired by them when making that movie. The key summarized thoughts from that card:

"That every man's life is important because it touches so many other lives."


And as my mind replays parts of that movie, tears fall from my eyes and a lump forms in my throat. One of the more soul-touching bits from that movie, involved a conversation between George Bailey and his 'angel' Clarence, when Clarence was showing George what life would be like without him in it:

[George has discovered his brother Harry's tombstone]
Clarence: [explaining] Your brother, Harry Bailey, broke through the ice and was drowned at the age of nine.
George Bailey: That's a lie! Harry Bailey went to war - he got the Congressional Medal of Honor, he saved the lives of every man on that transport.
Clarence: Every man on that transport died! Harry wasn't there to save them, because you weren't there to save Harry.

"That every man's life is important because it touches so many other lives."

I think of George Bailey and what he represents, when Bill comes to mind.
It takes a real special kind of person to do what Bill and his wife Jennifer are doing, being foster parents.
It's not an easy job, by any stretch of the imagination. On top of the typical struggles involved with being a responsible, loving parent, Bill and Jennifer also have to deal with The Department of Social Services, The court System, the biological parent(s), the school system and Medical professionals. There are Doctor's appointments, Therapy appointments, school meetings for I.E.P.s. I could go on for what would seem like forever here. There's just a lot more involved than what meets the eye.

And through out all that, there's Bill.

Simply (or more likely, not-so-simply) by doing what he's doing, Bill's life is touching so many other lives, and in such a way, it's unfathomable. He'll probably never get the opportunity like George Bailey did, of having his own Guardian Angel show him what these children's lives would be like, with out him in their world.
But somehow, that's OK.
It's enough to know that Bill is indeed The George Bailey for the foster children that have been involved.
His life touches theirs.
And Their lives???
Who knows, maybe one of them will grow up to be the one to stop the hunger, hate, and/or disease in our world. Maybe they'll be The Harry Baileys of the world, much like Bill is one of The Georges.

Oh how our lives touch one another, and so often we aren't even aware how much we impact another.

And the quote I had written at the very top of this post???
"There are two ways of spreading Light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." ~Edith Wharton

There *ARE* two ways of Spreading Light......

Bill is *Both* The Candle *and* The Mirror.

Happy Father's Day Bill.

And a Happy Father's Day to All fathers reading this.



© 2008 Greeneyezz

7 Reflections:

Friday's Child 4:37 PM, June 15, 2008  

Hey FD....you're never going to believe this! I crawled out of bed at 6:00 this morning because Chloe can't tell time and insisted she needed to go outside, while she did her thing I got the paper and we both came inside and I got back into bed. I pull out the CNY section first (I always read that section first - kind of like Jane in 27 Dresses) and LOOK OUT there you are in all your glory...this incredibly handsome, smiling, athletic, (did I say handsome?) young son of yours, hanging over your shoulder....:) Thought I was describing you? Didn't you? Huh? Huh?

In all seriousness...what you and your wife do....is an act of selflessness.

Happy Father's Day Great Gambino!

~gabe~

Anonymous 7:59 PM, June 15, 2008  

Bill, just recently Paula and I reflected why we love you so much....you are always there when we need you! (at the time we were talking about your car being close by..hehehe). That statement reflects a much bigger picture, however, because you are "there" for sooooo many. Besides being there for your sometimes "helpless" friends, you and Jen are saviors to children. You have a remarkable ability to manage careers while taking care of the MANY needs of your family (no matter how big at any given time). You make sure every one of your kids receives love, support, structure, humor.....and all the while you and Jen support each other to have a fulfilled marriage and engaging friendships. How you live your life is admirable and worth angel wings. Thanks for always being there for sooo many! (tell Jen thanks for putting up with the "needy" friends...lol).

Tina

delmer 10:10 PM, June 15, 2008  

Greeneyezz, this is very sweet.

Kim 8:37 AM, June 16, 2008  

Hey Bill, pretty cool! :-)

Paula D. 11:46 AM, June 16, 2008  

Bill
Seems to me (and a few others) that you are the best Dad as well a best friend to many. We are so proud of what you and Jennifer do and accomplish all in a days work. We are all so blessed to be a part of your world!! Thanks for being there for the kids and also your "other kids" who on occasion as Tina stated have also needed you from time to time!!
Happy Fathers Day every day of the year!

Paula D

FosterDad 12:23 PM, June 22, 2008  

Gabe....It is always my pleasure to spend Sunday mornings in bed with you...that didn't sound right did it? hehe

Tina & Paula - Thank you soo much for the kind words...it is the friendships that we have created that make the rough times in our lives worth going through.

ZZ - There really isn't much more to say....you brought tears to my eyes reading this!

Thank you all for being my friends!

Bill

Greeneyezz 12:44 PM, July 02, 2008  

Delmer - Thanks! :)

Bill - Tears in your eyes, huh?
*faintly smiles as I realize I made my mark*

:)

~ Donna

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