Informative, and General Reading
I'll Always be There for You!
It's a fascinating story that comes out of the 1989 earthquake which almost
flattened Armenia. This deadly tremor killed over 30,000 people in less than
four minutes. In the midst of all the confusion of the earthquake, a father
rushed to his son's school. When he arrived there he discovered the building
was flat as a pancake.
Standing there looking at what was left of the school, the father remembered
a promise he made to his son, "No matter what, I'll always be there for
you!" Tears began to fill his eyes. It looked like a hopeless situation, but
he could not take his mind off his promise.
Remembering that his son's classroom was in the back right corner of the
building, the father rushed there and started digging through the rubble. As
he was digging other grieving parents arrived, clutching their hearts,
saying: "My son! "My daughter!" They tried to pull him off of what was left
of the school saying: "It's too late!" "They're dead!" "You can't help!" "Go
home!" Even a police officer and a fire fighter told him he should go home.
To everyone who tried to stop him he said, "Are you going to help me now?"
They did not answer him and he continued digging for his son stone by stone.
He needed to know for himself: "Is my boy alive or is he dead?" This man dug
for eight hours and then twelve and then twenty-four and then thirty-six.
Finally in the thirty-eighth hour, as he pulled back a boulder, he heard his
son's voice. He screamed his son's name, "ARMAND!" and a voice answered him,
"Dad?" It's me Dad!" Then the boy added these priceless words, "I told the
other kids not to worry. I told 'em that if you were alive, you'd save me
and when you saved me, they'd be saved. You promised that, Dad. 'No matter
what,' you said, 'I'll always be there for you!' And here you are Dad. You
kept your promise!"
Source: Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, "Chicken Soup for the Soul."
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