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    GI Saves Iraqi Boy in Long-Shot Adoption

    War can change a person in ways not imagined....
    Link to the complete story is below - a must read. God Bless Capt. Southworth!



    GI Saves Iraqi Boy in Long-Shot Adoption
    By CARRIE ANTLFINGER (Associated Press Writer)
    From Associated Press
    December 23, 2007 1:14 PM EST


    MAUSTON, Wis. - Capt. Scott Southworth knew he'd face violence, political strife and blistering heat when he was deployed to one of Baghdad's most dangerous areas. But he didn't expect Ala'a Eddeen.
    Ala'a was 9 years old, strong of will but weak of body - he suffered from cerebral palsy and weighed just 55 pounds. He lived among about 20 kids with physical or mental disabilities at the Mother Teresa orphanage, under the care of nuns who preserved this small oasis in a dangerous place.
    On Sept. 6, 2003, halfway through his 13-month deployment, Southworth and his military police unit paid a visit to the orphanage. They played and chatted with the children; Southworth was talking with one little girl when Ala'a dragged his body to the soldier's side.
    Black haired and brown eyed, Ala'a spoke to the 31-year-old American in the limited English he had learned from the sisters. He recalled the bombs that struck government buildings across the Tigris River.
    "Bomb-Bing! Bomb-Bing!" Ala'a said, raising and lowering his fist.
    "I'm here now. You're fine," the captain said.
    Over the next 10 months, the unit returned to the orphanage again and again. The soldiers would race kids in their wheelchairs, sit them in Humvees and help the sisters feed them.
    To Southworth, Ala'a was like a little brother. But Ala'a - who had longed for a soldier to rescue him - secretly began referring to Southworth as "Baba," Arabic for "Daddy."
    Then, around Christmas, a sister told Southworth that Ala'a was getting too big. He would have to move to a government-run facility within a year.
    "Best case scenario was that he would stare at a blank wall for the rest of his life," Southworth said.
    To this day, he recalls the moment when he resolved that that would not happen.
    "I'll adopt him," he said.

    Link to full article: http://enews.earthlink.net/article/t...1223-876293038
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    dang it adroit....this story was LOADED with dust and pollen...made my eyes get all red and watery
    500 fights, that's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are.


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    A very moving story. Good for him, not to have given up. I wish all the best for them.
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    A smile cost nothing, but gives so much.

    It enriches those who receive it,
    without making poorer those who give.
    It takes but a moment, but the memory
    of it sometimes lasts forever.

    None is so rich or mighty that he
    can get along without it,
    and none is so poor but that
    he can be made rich by it.

    A smile creates happiness in the home,
    fosters goodwill in business,
    and is the countersign of friendship.

    It brings rest to the weary,
    cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad,
    and it is nature's best antidote for trouble.

    Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed,
    or stolen, for it is something that is of no
    value to anyone until it is given away.

    Some people are too tired to give you a smile.
    Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile
    so much as he who has no more to give.

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    That's a beautiful story. Thanks for posting it, adroitcuffs.




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    Finally a good story!! Thank you!!
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    Moving story.

 

 

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