Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease!

A member of the British Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease!”

“That depends,” replied Disraeli. “whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”

A soldier called his parents to tell them that he was finally returning home from Vietnam. When he arrived in San Francisco he said, “Mom and Dad, I’m coning home but I have a favor to ask. I would like to bring a friend along with me.”

“Sure,” they said. “We’d  love to meet him.”

“Er, there’s something you should know,” their son continued. “he was pretty badly hurt  in the fighting. He stepped on a landmine and lost an arm and a leg. He ahs nowhre else to go and I want him to live with us.”

“Sorry to hear that son. Maybe we can help him find a place to live.”

“No, Dad. I want him to live with us.”

“You don’

t know what you are asking of us, my son. Someone with a handicap like his, would be a terrible burden on us. we hae our own lives to lead and can’t let somehing like that interfere with our way of life. Come on home and forget about this guy, will you? He’ll manage.”

At that point, their son replaced the receier and they heard no more from him. A few days later, they received a call from the San Francisco police.”Your son has fallen from a tall building and died. we believe it was suicide,” the police officer added.”


“We’re on our way,” the grief stricken father replied. On arrival, they were taken to tthe city m orgue to identify their son’s body. They recognized him immediately but to their horrow, the discovered something their son had  not disclosed. His body only had one arm and one leg.

These parents are like many of us. We find it easy to love the good-looking amongst us who are fun to hae around. We don’t like people who inconvenience them. We would rathr stay away from people who are hot as healthy, as beautiful or as smart as we are.

Thankfully, there is someone who will not treat us that way, someone who loves us unconditionally, who always welcomes us into the family regardless of whoeer you believe i, to find the strength you need to accept people as they are, and to develop empathy and undeerstanding for all the people who are different. They have feelings too.

Friendship ios a miracle that dwells in our hearts. Friends are rare jewels who made mney smile and emerged as oncer. hwy lend an ear, wshare a word of praise and are always ready to oen their hearts up to us..

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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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