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Oct 15, Shonell Bacon rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: everyone. The world today is so cluttered with tragedy - one tragedy being the death of marriages A Promise Kept" and realized that in certain corners of the world, real love exists - the kind that's built on faith and commitment and that lasts through life's tragedies. What I loved the most about Faulkner's story is her connection to her faith; it's so easy to have a tragedy befall The world today is so cluttered with tragedy - one tragedy being the death of marriages What I loved the most about Faulkner's story is her connection to her faith; it's so easy to have a tragedy befall you and you not be able to withstand it because your faith is being tested.
Faulkner, with her faith and her love for her husband, was able to make it through a dark and scary journey. She was able to endure of heartache of her husband's medical trauma and persevere despite it. I also enjoyed Faulkner's down-to-earth tone. I could hear her voice through every story, every experience. I felt connected with her and her family as they connected and plowed through life's circumstances. Faulkner's story, as I think all inspirational stories should do, made me reflect on my life, appreciate what I have, and rededicate myself to keeping God in my life and keeping my faith strong so that I can withstand the obstacles that I know I will face.
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Sirens scream, and Valerie watches helplessly as her husband, Bill, is swept away from their home by emergency medical technicians to the hospital, where she finds out that he has experienced a brain aneurysm. This is Valerie's story of that mad ride that begins with an ambulance, dragging them suddenly out of their quite blissful everyday. No matter that these two have been married well over three decades; they are still, indeed, more in love than ever. Best friends, lovers, business partners.
Along with their shared romance, their bond is much strengthened by their mutual faith, and this is the theme running through the entire account. And so, as Bill sinks into a coma, Val remains by his side, striving to keep her faith strong - in God and in her husband. Her family gathers around her, her adult children, her sister, and her friends.
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Val shares here her personal story of the difficult and seemingly endless waiting, the frustration of dealing with hospitalization and not always attentive or even competent staff, the many faces that quite randomly seem to float in and out of one's life when dealing with a medical crisis. Some bring relief, others bring another test to be endured.
It is an honest, if not always literary account like all but the rarest of self-published books, this one, too, cries out for an editor's defining touch of an enduring love and an equally enduring faith. Most all of us have been through one or another experience of having a loved one hospitalized and of dealing with medical emergencies, and so we find ourselves caring for Valerie's emotional ride and occasional frustrations, because in some way we've all been there. We cheer with her when progress is made, feel her sadness when there is a regression again.
It was very still in his hands; and it did not cry at all. Suddenly it seemed to be growing larger. He looked at it again. No: it was the same small creature ; and it had not even moved. Why had he imagined that it was growing larger? In another moment he knew why ; and he felt a chill strike through him. The child was not growing larger ; but it was growing heavier. At first it had seemed to weigh only seven or eight pounds : then its weight had gradually doubled tripled quadrupled.
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Now it could not weigh less than fifty pounds ; and still it was getting heavier and heavier. A hun dred pounds! Umetsu knew that he had been deluded, that he had not been speaking with any mortal woman, that the child was not human. But he had made a promise; and a samurai was bound by his promise.
So he kept the infant in his arms ; and it continued to grow heavier and heavier. What was going to happen he could not imag ine ; but he resolved not to be afraid, and not to let the child go while his strength lasted. Five hundred! All his muscles began to quiver with the strain ; and still the weight increased.
Namu Amida Butsu! But almost in the same instant he saw the mysterious woman re turning as quickly as she had gone. Still pant ing she came to him ; and he then first saw that she was very fair ; but her brow dripped with sweat; and her sleeves were bound back Umetsu Chubei? I am the Ujigami 1 of this place; and to-night one of my Ujiko found herself in the pains of childbirth, and prayed to me for aid. But the labor proved to be very difficult ; and I soon saw that, by my own power alone, I might not be able to save her : therefore I sought for the help of your strength and courage.
And the child that I laid in your hands was the child that had not yet been born; and in the time that you first felt the child becoming heavier and heavier, the danger was very great, for the Gates of Birth were closed. And when you felt the child become so heavy that you despaired of being able to bear the weight much longer, in that same moment the mother seemed to be dead, and the family wept for her. Then you three times repeated the prayer, Namu Amida Butsu! All persons living in that parish or district, and assisting in the maintenance of the temple miya] of the deity, are called Ujiko.
And for that which you have done you shall be fitly rewarded. To a brave samurai no gift can be more serviceable than strength : therefore, not only to you, but likewise to your children and to your children s children, great strength shall be given. Umetsu Chubei, wondering greatly, resumed his way to the castle. At sunrise, on being relieved from duty, he proceeded as usual to wash his face and hands before making his morning prayer.
But when he began to wring the towel which had served him, he was sur prised to feel the tough material snap asunder in his hands. He attempted to twist together the separated portions ; and again the stuff parted like so much wet paper.
He tried to wring the four thicknesses; and the result was the same. Presently, after handling various ob jects of bronze and of iron which yielded to his touch like clay, he understood that he had come into full possession of the great strength prom- Umetsu Chubei 61 ised, and that he would have to be careful thence forward when touching things, lest they should crumble in his fingers. On returning home, he made inquiry as to whether any child had been born in the settle ment during the night. Then he learned that a birth had actually taken place at the very hour of his adventure, and that the circum stances had been exactly as related to him by the Ujigami.
The children of Umetsu Chubei inherited their father s strength. Several of his descendants all remarkably powerful men were still living in the province of Dewa at the time when this story was written. He was a great artist. He painted, with almost equal skill, pictures of the Buddhas, pictures of beautiful scenery, and pic tures of animals or birds; but he liked best to paint fishes. Whenever the weather was fair, and religious duty permitted, he would go to Lake Biwa, and hire fishermen to catch fish for him, without injuring them in any way, so that he could paint them afterwards as they swam about in a large vessel of water.
After having made 1 From the collection entitled Ugetsu Monogatari. Miidera was founded in the seventh century, but has been several times rebuilt : the present structure dates back to the latter part of the seventeenth century.
His pictures of fish at last became so famous that people travelled from great distances to see them. But the most won derful of all his drawings of fish was not drawn from life, but was made from the memory of a dream. For one day, as he sat by the lake-side to watch the fishes swimming, Kogi had fallen into a doze, and had dreamed that he was playing with the fishes under the water. After he awoke, the memory of the dream remained so clear that he was able to paint it ; and this painting, which he hung up in the alcove of his own room in the temple, he called " Dream -Carp.
He was willing to part with his drawings of landscapes, of birds, or of flowers ; but he said that he would not sell a picture of living fish to any one who was cruel enough to kill or to eat fish. And as the persons who wanted to buy his paintings were all fish -eaters, their offers of money could not tempt him. One summer Kogi fell sick ; and after a week s illness he lost all power of speech and movement, Kogi the Priest 67 so that he seemed to be dead.
But after his funeral service had been performed, his disciples discovered some warmth in the body, and decided to postpone the burial for awhile, and to keep watch by the seeming corpse. In the afternoon of the same day he suddenly revived, and ques tioned the watchers, asking : " How long have I remained without knowledge of the world?
We performed the service; but afterwards, finding that your body was not altogether cold, we put off the burial; and now we are very glad that we did so. But, on receiving the message, all three immediately left their fish and wine, and hastened to the temple. Kogi, lying upon the couch to which he had been removed, received them with a smile of welcome ; and, after some pleasant words had been exchanged, he said to Suke : - " Now, my friend, please reply to some ques tions that I am going to ask you.
First of all, kindly tell me whether you did not buy a fish to-day from the fisherman Bunshi. Then the cook was called ; and he came and looked at the fish, and admired it ; and then, by your order, he sliced it and prepared it for your feast. Did not all this happen just as 1 have said? Please tell us how you learned these matters.
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But I did not think, three days ago, that I was at all dangerously ill : I remem ber only that I felt weak and very hot, and that I wanted to go out into the air to cool myself. And I thought that I got up from my bed, with a great effort, and went out, supporting myself with a stick. Perhaps this may have been imagination; but you will presently be able to 70 Japanese Miscellany judge the truth for yourselves : I am going to relate everything exactly as it appeared to hap pen.
As soon as I got outside of the house, into the bright air, I began to feel quite light, light as a bird flying away from the net or the basket in which it has been confined.
I wandered on and on till I reached the lake ; and the water looked so beautiful and blue that I felt a great desire to have a swim. I took off my clothes, and jumped in, and began to swim about ; and I was astonished to find that I could swim very fast and very skilfully, although before my sickness I had always been a very poor swim mer.