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A Lifetime of Memories in 83 Minutes

A reflection by Tom Gilbert - © April, 2012
The brief life story of Lincoln Ray Remmel presented by Journal Sentinel writer Crocker Stephenson is heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Most of us don't even consider creating a life story until we are well into our second half of life. It seems natural; that's when a lot of us start contemplating what our life has been about, considering our experiences, memories and lessons learned that we want to pass on.

But what if you were alive on this planet for just 83 minutes? That's the reality for Lincoln Ray Remmel. This little baby was born without kidneys and so once out of the womb he had a very limited time before dying. His parents - full of love and as prepared as they could be for this birth/death - wanted to make the most of his life with a special celebration. 
picture from Journal Sentinel - Lincoln Ray Remmel and legacy of 83 minutes of life
The story was poignantly captured by Journal Sentinel writer Crocker Stephenson and he's won a 2012 Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award for his feature story.

You have got to read it - here.

I am not sure I can begin to imagine the difficulty of dealing with this tragedy. But my heart and soul are moved by the love shown by the parents. Out of their pain they have "birthed" a gift for us. We get to recognize the value of life - no matter how long or short.

My grandson Jacob Ray Del Curto on his birthdayMy little grandson, Jacob, is now two and a fun little boy. I have great memories of his birth. My daughter (bless her) had to endure over two days of labor before finally delivering her son by caesarian section. Jacob had been stuck "sunnyside up" in the birth canal, so try as she might (and mightily she did) he wasn't coming out naturally. But when he finally was born and welcomed into the world we were all tired and overjoyed.

What do you think of the story of Lincold Ray Remmel? Are you aware of the sacredness of life? Of each sacred moment?

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