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A Timely Reminder

Postby Fairie » Tue Oct 04, 2005 9:35 pm

A timely reminder!

A handsome, middle-aged man walked quietly into the cafe and sat down.

Before he ordered, he couldn't help but notice a group of younger men at

the table next to him. It was obvious they were making fun of something

about him, and it wasn't until he remembered he was wearing a small pink

ribbon on the lapel of his suit that he became aware of what the joke was

all about.

The man brushed off the reaction as ignorance, but the smirks began to get

to him. He looked one of the rude men square in the eye, placed his hand

beneath the ribbon and asked, quizzically, "This?" With that the men all

began to laugh out loud.

The man he addressed said, as he fought back laughter, "Hey, sorry man, but

we were just commenting on how pretty your pink ribbon looks against your

blue jacket!"

The middle aged man calmly motioned for the joker to come over to his

Table and invited him to sit down. As uncomfortable as he was, the guy obliged,

not really sure why.

In a soft voice, the middle aged man said, "I wear this ribbon to bring

awareness about breast cancer. I wear it in my mother's honour."

" Oh, sorry dude. She died of breast cancer?"

"No, she didn't. She's alive and well. But her breasts nourished me as an

infant and were a soft resting place for my head when I was scared or

lonely as a little boy. I'm very grateful for my mother's breasts and her


"Umm," the stranger replied, "Yeah."

"And I wear this ribbon to honour my wife", the middle aged man went on.

"And she's okay, too?" the other guy asked.

"Oh, yes. She's fine. Her breasts have been a great source of loving

pleasure for both of us, and with them she nurtured and nourished our

beautiful daughter 23 years ago. I am grateful for my wife's breasts, and

for her health."

"Uh huh. And I guess you wear it to honour your daughter, also?"

"It's too late to honour my daughter by wearing it now. My daughter died of

breast cancer one month ago. She thought she was too young to have breast

cancer, so when she accidentally noticed a small lump, she ignored it. She

thought that since it wasn't painful, it must not be anything to worry


Shaken and ashamed, the now sober stranger said, "Oh, man, I'm so sorry


"So, in my daughter's memory, too, I proudly wear this little ribbon, which

allows me the opportunity to enlighten others. Now, go home and talk to

your wife and your daughters, your mother and your friends.

And here," the middle-aged man reached in is pocket and handed the other

man a little pink ribbon.

The guy looked at it, slowly raised his head and asked, "Can ya help me put it on?"

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Breast Cancer

Postby millie » Wed Oct 05, 2005 12:57 am

What a great little story.

I had a very close aunty die from cancer a couple of weeks ago. She knew about it but chose not to tell anyone as she did not want any pitty. Cancer of any kind is a big thing in my life right now.

I think a story like this is very important to be heard and I thank you for telling it.

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