Parenting....what a lifetime commitment. As I reflect on this season, my thoughts go to the children. Recently, TQ's 3rd key manager, Linda had a baby girl. She was born on my own daughter's birthday...so that will make it easy for me to remember. As you know getting older you forget a few things here and there. I was talking to Linda the other night on the way home from work, asking her how the baby was doing and herself. You see, the little girl was born early and was in NICU at Baptist Health. Linda was waiting patiently for the OK to take her home, but until that time comes, the nurses take care of her, Linda visits her and we prayer for her continued health. Well on one visit, Linda explained to me that she tries not to be there when they need to take blood from the baby. As most parents know this will break your heart. The cries, the pain, the waiting for it to be over. I had to experience this with my own daughter as I know most of the parents out there have also. It's heart wrenching! Knowing that your child has to suffer thru this for her own good, but there is nothing you can do, it's out of your control. What a horrible feeling. As I reflected on my experience and listened to Linda's....it brought back memories. When I was 6 yrs old, I had my tonsils taken out in the hospital. Back then it was an overnight or 2 day stay in the hospital. For me a little longer. You see, the anesthesia made me vomit. This happens to a lot of people to my understanding. This was my first surgery I believe. I remember going back into the operating room 3 times due to my stitches breaking loose from the upchucking. UGH! That last time, I remember screaming to my mom "Mom help me!" and she just sat there in the chair so still. After that, I never saw my mother go with me to the hospital, it was always my Dad and sister, Linda. No I know why...it dawned on me that she too felt helpless, and had no control. She was watching her child in pain and could do nothing. And then as I was talking to my 3rd Key, Linda...a light bulb went off in my head. This had to be the same pain that God felt watching Jesus suffer and die on the cross. Heart wrenching, and HE knowing that HE would not do anything, because HE loved all of us that HE sent his only son, Jesus to do just that. Die for us so that we may LIVE! So remember this season and what it's all about...take time to reflect and be thankful. Celebrate His Life! For a child is born unto us.....Jesus!
I'm forever thankful! Merry Christmas!!!
From the Desk of Tina Simpson
General Manager since 2007