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Monday, November 12, 2012

My father's eye


Nota : Bacalah kisah ini dengan hati yang terbuka. Kepada para pembaca yang masih mempunyai ayah dan ibu, sayangi, hormati dan raikanlah hidup mereka. Sekiranya kita ada membuat salah dan silap dan pernah menyakiti hati mereka tak kira dengan perlakuan atau bertuturan kita atau apajua tindakan yang membelakangi hasrat mereka, bersegeralah untuk memohon ampun dan maaf. Semasa menghadiri majlis Ihtifal dan Kecemerlangan Pelajar 2012 baru-baru ini, penulis tidak dapat menahan air mata mendengar pengerusi majlis mambacakan cita-cita para pelajar anugerah cemerlang yang naik ke pentas mengambil hadiah yang bercita-cita mahu memimpin tangan kedua ibubapanya berjalan ke syurga.


Mudah-mudahan anak-anak penulis pun akan berjaya seperti mereka ini, Aamiin.

Sudahkah anda berbakti kepada kedua ibubapa atau orang-orang yang anda sayangi hari ini? Atau mungkinkah anda terlepas pandang dan ada golongan orang lain yang selama ini menyayangi anda dari jauh tanpa anda sedari, senantiasa mendoakan kebahagian anda dunia akhirat tanpa mengetahuan anda.

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A teenager lived alone with his father, and the two of them had a very special relationship. Even though the son was always on the bench, his father was always in the stands cheering. He never missed a  game.


This young man was still the smallest of the class when he entered high school. But his father continued to encourage him but also made it very clear that he did not have to play football if he didn't want to. But the young man loved football and decided to hang in there. He was determined to try his best at every practice, and perhaps he'd get to play when he became a  senior. All through high school he never missed a practice nor a game, but remained a bench warmer all four years. His faithful father was always in the stands, always with words of encouragement  for him.

When the young man went to college, he decided to try out for the football team as a "walk-on."  Everyone was sure he could never make the cut, but he did. The coach admitted that he kept him on the roster because he always puts his heart and soul to every practice,  and at the same time, provided the other members with the spirit and hustle they badly needed. The news that he had survived the cut thrilled him so  much that he rushed to the nearest phone and called his father. His father shared his excitement and was sent season tickets for all the college games. This persistent young athlete never missed practice during his four years at college, but he never got to play in the game.

It was the end of his senior football season, and as he trotted on to the practice field shortly before the big play off game, the coach met him with a telegram. The young  man read the telegram and he became deathly silent.  Swallowing hard, he  mumbled to the coach, "My father died this morning. Is it all right if I miss practice today?" The coach put his arm gently around his shoulder and said,  "Take the rest of the week off, son. And don't even plan to come back to the  game on Saturday. Saturday arrived, and the game was not going well. In the third quarter, when the team was ten points behind, a silent young man quietly slipped into the empty locker room and put on his football gear. As he ran on to the sidelines, the coach and his players were astounded  to see their faithful teammate back so soon.

"Coach, please let me play. I've just got to play today," said the young man.

The coach pretended not to hear him. There was no way he wanted his worst player in this close playoff game. But the young man persisted, and finally feeling sorry for the kid, the coach gave in. "All right," he said. "You can go in." Before long, the coach, the players and everyone in the stands could not believe their eyes. This little unknown, who had never played before was doing everything right.  The opposing team could not stop him. He ran, he passed, blocked and tackled like a star. His team began to triumph. The score was soon tied.  In the closing seconds of the game, this kid intercepted a pass and ran all the way for the winning touchdown.

The fans broke loose. His teammates hoisted him onto their shoulders. Such cheering you've never heard!

Finally, after the stands had emptied and the team had  showered and left the locker room, the coach noticed that the young man was sitting quietly in the corner all alone. The coach came to him and  said, "Kid, I can't believe it. You were fantastic! Tell me what got into you? How did you do it?" He looked at the coach, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Well, you knew my dad died, but did you know  that my dad was blind?"

The young man swallowed hard and forced a smile, "Dad came to all  my games, but today was the first time he could see me play, and I wanted to  show  him I could do it!"

SO REMEMBER AT THIS VERY MOMENT, WHILE READING THIS:

somebody is very proud of you.
somebody is thinking of you.
somebody is caring about you.
somebody misses you.
somebody wants to talk to you.
somebody wants to be with you.
somebody hopes you are not in trouble.
somebody is thankful for the support you have provided.
somebody wants to hold your hand.
somebody hopes everything turns out all right
somebody wants you to be happy.
somebody wants you to find him/her.
somebody wants to give you a gift.
somebody wants to hug you.
somebody thinks you are a gift.
somebody admires your strength.
somebody wants to protect you.
somebody can't wait to see you.
somebody loves you for who you are.
somebody treasures your spirit.
somebody is glad that you are their friend.
somebody wants to get to know you better.
somebody wants to be near you.
somebody wants you to know they are there for you.
somebody would do anything for you.
somebody wants to share their dreams with you.
somebody is alive because of you.
somebody needs your support.
somebody will cry when they read this.
somebody needs you to have faith in them.
somebody trusts you.
somebody hears a song that reminds them of you.
and MY this entry is really for you (edit 11/1/2016).

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