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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Bit Farther, Please

There once was a man who had an old father. The father was very weak and frail. He needed to be cared for constantly. So, the man got tired of his father and decided he would get rid of him.

"Let’s go for a ride, Father," the man said.

And he carried his father into the carriage, pulled on the reins, and rode off toward the wilderness outside of town.

After a while, the man reached a place that seemed very deserted. It appeared like a good spot to drop off his father.

"He will die here in a manner of minutes, and I'll be relieved forever of my burden," he said to himself.

But just as he was about to stop, he heard his father say in his quiet frail voice, "Son, a bit farther, please!"

"What?" exclaimed the man.

"A bit farther, please," the father repeated.

"But what difference does it make?"

"You see, years ago my father became old and sick, and I, too, got tired of caring for him, but when I dropped him off, it was a bit farther from here."

The above story is excerpted from a book, Metaphors of Islamic Humanism, by my dear friend, Dr. Omar Imady, copyright 2005.


  1. Thanks for passing by, dear Elizabeth. Wonderful blogs you have!


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I am the mother of 4 birth children (plus 3 others who lived with us) and grandmother of 2, all of them exceptional children. Married for 42 years, I grew up in Maine, live in California, and work in many places in education, linguistics, and program management. In my spare time, I rescue and tame feral cats and have the scars to prove it. A long-time ignorantly blissful atheist converted by a theophanic experience to Catholicism, I am now a joyful catechist. Oh, I also authored a dozen books, two under my pen name of Mahlou (Blest Atheist and A Believer-in-Waiting's First Encounters with God).

My Other Blogs

100th Lamb. This is my main blog, the one I keep most updated.

The Clan of Mahlou
. This is background information about various members of the extended Mahlou family. It is very much a work still in progress. Soon I will begin posting excerpts from a new book I am writing, Raising God's Rainbow Makers.

Modern Mysticism. This blog discusses the mystical in our pragmatic, practical, realistic, and rational 21st century world and is to those who spend some or much of their time in an irrational/mystical relationship with God. If such things do not strain your credulity, you are welcome to follow the blog and participate in it.

Recommended Reading List

Because I am blog inept, I don't quite know how to get a reading list to stay at the end of the page and not disappear from sight. Therefore, I entered it as my first post. I suppose that is not all that bad because readers started commenting about the books, even suggesting additional readings. So, you can participate with others in my reading list by clicking here.
I do post additional books as I read them and find them to be meaningful to me, and therefore, hopefully, meaningful to you. One advantage of all the plane traveling I do is that I acquire reading time that I might not otherwise take.