Try to remember why we quit

Hi all,

I experienced a very moving and touching act from one Fathers children.

(God this is hard to write)

As you all know it was Fathers day yesterday. A lot of people buy these red letter days out.

I was working as the duty gliding instructor and was called to the office to pickup my next student. There sat in a wheelchair was Jim (not real name)

surrounded by his family. Jim was in pretty poor shape, suffering from some sort of motor neuron disease. I wasn't sure we could accommodate him.

Jim's Mother approached me and said that it had always been his dream to fly in a Glider and that his outlook was not good and wanted to try and fly before it was too late.

What could i say to this man. I had a chat with him and his wife and felt we could do this, hell we were going to do this.

we got him into a parachute he would never be able to use, and strapped him in the aircraft, we had a great time, i even got him on the controls and let him fly the thing, ok with a bit of help. when we landed

his two young daughters came running up and hugged him as he sat in the glider there were tears all round.

I dont know what im trying to say here, but it just seemed to me that my struggle with quitting smoking seemed insignificant . I want to live long enough to see my Children grow to adulthood, i want to experience more of what life has to offer, good or bad.

Sorry for going on.

Have a great smoke free day everyone


4 Replies

  • Awww Thats great Mark. I understand totally where you're coming from and yes, it certainly does put our quits into perspective. Makes a quit seem miniscule in comparison to what some people face doesn't it? Well, the actual quitting part.

    Stopping smoking is a great achievement as it could possibly help you avoid some major disease and add years onto your life.

    I too want to be around to see my kids grow up and then their kids! Oh I'll be hanging on as long as I can! :D

  • What a wonderful story :P Thank you for sharing! I quit... so I can be around for many more stories like yours. Smiling,


  • Mark

    Giving is always more rewarding then receivin, it's the things that we can give that can make life so rewarding. The faimlily appreciation alone shows that you did a grand job.




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  • Oh giving most definitely is better than receiving (unless its a 40+" HD ready TV coupled with an Xbox 360 - or any MARIO game!!!).

    I'm awful for buying gifts for people. I just love to buy stuff for those I love! If I see something and it really catches my eye and there is someone I know that would like it, I can't help myself but to buy it for them!!

    Ok I know this isn't on the same par as Mark's OP (nowhere near!) but I just wanted to pick up on the 'giving/receiving' bit. I love to receive gifts too of course, but I get just as much, if not more, happiness giving things as I do receiving them. Hell, it doesn't even have to have monetary value. Gawd it could be anything. There are some things that money just can't buy.

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