An Unforgettable Birthday Gift
--by Laksmi, posted Jul 24, 2006
I woke up at 05:30. After I took a bath, I planned to wake her up ... but.... as I came out from the bathroom, I realized that an earthquake struck. I screamed to wake my husband up and asked him to carry my daughter; and ran out of our house. We were watching our house swaying from outside. It happened for just 3 minutes, but... the piano thumbled down, tiles came down, some cracks appeared on the wall.
Nevertheles, as we had planned, I went to my daughter's school at 08:00 but no one was there except the teacher who warned us to get back to our house as tsunami might come soon. I was stunned, and drove my car home. On the way home I heard a police cried out loud:"Stay calm, no tsunami, it's only issue!!"
Arrived at my house, I was wondering about the presents: to whom we should deliver? After some discussion, we decided to give them to the children in hospital. Entering the hospital, I was really stunned. There were thousands of people bleeding and lying outside the rooms.
A boy came up with a bandage on his head. He stared at me with his questioning eyes as if he wanted to say: "Could I have one?" Quickly I handed over one present to him. He received it then ran to his mom, shouted:"Mommy...there's a turtle pin on it!!" His eyes glittered. God,I can't ever forget his glittering eyes!!!
What a PRECIOUS PRESENT You've given me, my Lord! I cried silently while continuing to distribute the presents to other children.