A high school girl told a story in ballet class as she laced up her point shoes:
She said that a few days ago at school, she suddenly thought of her mom and decided to send her a random text message that said, "I love you." Then she put her phone in her bag, concentrating on her class and not giving the text another thought.
About halfway through the class, they were disrupted by a knock on the door. It was the front office secretary who said that the girl had an urgent phone call in the office. Worried, she grabbed her book bag and made her way to the office. As she walked, she took out her cell phone to see if she had missed anything. Sure enough she had several text messages from her mom that read,
"Why, what happened?"
"WHERE ARE YOU?!?!"
The poor woman had thought the absolute worst when she read her daughter's seemingly random note of sentiment. When the girl got to the office phone, she calmed her frantic mother down and explained, "I JUST LOVE YOU!"
She concluded the story by saying,
"Now we have a system. If I say, 'I love you. Goodbye,' she can panic."
We all laughed as we listened, but with the recent killing of Osama Bin Laden, and living so close to Ground Zero, I couldn't help but think about the final text messages and phone calls that went out to loved ones on that horrible day. One mother told a news correspondent about her last phone call with her daughter who worked in the Twin Towers.
"She said very calmly and monotone, 'Mom, it's hot. Mom, it's smokey. Mom, help me get out.'"
That brought chills to my spine. Perhaps we all could send a few more random, sentimental texts and phone calls to our loved ones and give thanks if we haven't received a "Goodbye" one.