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Forum topic by USCJeff posted 01-25-2008 05:45 AM 970 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2008 05:45 AM

Not at all a woodworking post, but I feel that I know a lot of you through what you’ve shared here at Lumberjocks. I’ve heard about families, children, and other things that you all value. My wife has a close friend that she worked with for several years as RN’s in a PICU. The friend had a baby a week after we had our second child, so they went through their pregnancies together at work. That was this time last year. Their daughter died after a blanket blocked her breathing while sleeping between her parents. All I could think of was my one year old son born a week earlier and how I would react. Puts it all in perspective. I guess I am walking away from that tragedy with the feeling that we need to remember what’s important and not let temporal and frivolous things distract from them. Kiss your kids!

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 01-25-2008 06:00 AM

I’m with you Jeff. Love them and hold them close.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 01-25-2008 06:01 AM

This kind of thing used to scare the ** out of me when my son was very young (2 1/2 now), I’m not sure he liked me poking him in his sleep every hour or so over night but at least I knew he was still ok. Very frightening thought.

-- Perth, Australia

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#3 posted 01-25-2008 07:43 AM

Thanks, Jeff for the reminder.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 01-25-2008 08:11 AM

All of my kids are grown now but I still remember those days of checking on them in the middle of the night. I now have other things to worry about. I have one son in the Navy serving aboard the Kitty Hawk in Japan. My youngest son will be leaving to Great Lakes Naval Training Center on February 20th. My daughter also spent seven years in the Navy, also on the Kitty Hawk in Japan. Though she isn’t in the Navy any more she lives in Corpus Christi, Texas while the wife and I are stranded in Iowa, (I love that term, it’s the name of a song by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band). I worry about all of them.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#5 posted 01-25-2008 10:56 AM

Some things are just more important than others. It keeps you from thinking of cutting a piece of oak an inch too short as a real tragedy.

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#6 posted 01-25-2008 02:44 PM

yah.. and those “lazy teenagers”?? they are those same precious miracles…..... what a gift we have been given to care for..
(sympathies to the family of the little one)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 01-25-2008 03:17 PM


That is very sad about your friend’s child. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to get over something like that. It truly is good to be able to put yourself in the place of others, and then “count your blessings.” Everyday that we take another breath, and don’t get into a car accident, and don’t fall off a roof, and don’t cut our fingers in our power tools is another opportunity to thank God for His grace and goodness to us.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#8 posted 01-25-2008 03:42 PM

Great point!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 01-25-2008 03:48 PM

Perspective, It is soo easy to loose it isn’t it.

Tahnk you for the reminder.

-- Hope Never fails

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#10 posted 01-25-2008 04:06 PM

So, so sad. They must be blaming themselves. All you can do is reassure them and be there to support them. I can’t even imagine that kind of pain, even with my girls all grown, it would be unbearable.

-- Robin, California

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