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Thanking the most thankless man
Since Thanksgiving is upon us, I thought I would write about a man who might be your most thankless person in town. My daughter, Jamie Stump, who just turned 27 on July 30, left Nashville at 3 p.m. Aug. 6 to join me for my last week of vacation. She was “Michigan Bound,” a family phrase that described our joy any time we would go to my parent’s lake home near Kalamazoo. My oldest daughter and 3-year-old grandson also were headed that way from Henderson. It was spur-of-the-moment and she was so excited she was able to get off work and head out.
We anxiously waited for her to show up. We couldn’t reach her, but knowing Jamie it was not a surprise her phone was not charged enough to make the trip. Even so, the worry would not go away. Finally, the phone rings close to when she should arrive and it is the phone call no one ever wants. She lost control of her car at mile marker 87 on Interstate 65 at Elizabethtown and she and her beloved pit bull, Marley, were killed instantly. Here we were waiting for nine hours expecting her to waltz in the door and she only made it to Elizabethtown. As you can imagine, my world crumpled.
The next day, I had to call the coroner. Not until then did I really ever think about what a coroner does. I asked for Dr. William Lee. Immediately, just from his voice, I felt kindness and compassion. I will never be able to explain the peace this man gave me and still gives me.
There is so much to tell but I will make it short. He took care of everything. He guided me through the cremation process, even ensuring Marley’s cremation. He was willing to meet me at 11 p.m. the following Sunday to give me Jamie and Marley’s ashes on my way back to Nashville. He went to great lengths to make sure I got all of her possessions.
He was a gift from God. He truly helped me survive the loss of my daughter. Words will never explain it. But I wanted the people in Hardin County to know what a wonderful person you have in your community.
We all have to face death, but tragic death comes out of nowhere, and Bill — as he told me to call him — was a stranger who made me feel he was my best friend. I thank him from the bottom of my heart and I thank God that Jamie and Marley were in his care.
So as I count my blessings and give thanks to God this Thanksgiving, Bill is at the top. Because of him, your community always will be dear to my heart.
Appropriate use of two new words
Page A4 of last Wednesday’s paper had an article in which Oxford chose two words to be added to its dictionary. One word is “gif,” pertaining “to creating a gif file of an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event and inevitably to share it online.” One of the examples used was various people, to include President Barack Obama, have been “giffed.”
The other word, “omnishambles,” is defined as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.” How appropriate this word has been coined at this time as it certainly describes Obama and his administration’s handling of our country’s economy, debt, immigration, foreign affairs, jobs, national security and respect for our Constitution.
Unfortunately, we were not able to see Obama giffed as an outgoing politician, but we can expect to see him and his cronies continue to keep our country in omnishambles.