A touching tale


THIS was posted on a US radio station website.

A LIITLE girl had been shopping with her Mom in Wal-Mart. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.

It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout.. We all stood there, under the awning, just inside the door of the Wal-Mart.
We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day.

I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

Her little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, ‘Mom let’s run through the rain,’
She said.
‘What?’ Mom asked.

‘Let’s run through the rain!’ She repeated.

‘No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,’ Mom replied.

This young child waited a minute and repeated: ‘Mom, let’s run through the rain..’

‘We’ll get soaked if we do,’ Mom said.

‘No, we won’t, Mom. That’s not what you said this morning,’ the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.

‘This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?’

‘Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘ If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything! ‘ ‘

The entire crowd stopped dead silent.. I swear you couldn’t hear anything but the rain.. We all stood silently. No one left. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.

Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

‘Honey, you are absolutely right. Let’s run through the rain. If GOD let’s us get wet, well maybe we just need washing,’ Mom said.

Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They got soaked.

They were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories…So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories every day.

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.


17 thoughts on “A touching tale

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  2. Just to put you in the picture:-
    A bit out of left-field, but in the spirit of the above comments in the most practical sense, I’ve just stumbled upon this link which is about the place I was trying to reach the other day, and my friend who built the whole shebang (sheds,barns. organic gardens/orchard/chookpens, alpaca shelters, etc and all the ancilliary stuff that goes with it) by hand, and has been living up there for over 35 years fighting the good fight (Environmental Protection/animal welfare/ Green politics/ community-building/DIY skills/publishing/etc. etc.

    Can’t get any up-to-date news, so hopefully it’s all going ok. The NON-native vegetation around the house should, experience has shown, help retard any ember attack ~ but it’s the animals that are the worry.
    Phones are out, so nobody knows what’s going on.

    Hopefully, to quote Ned Kelly:- No noose is good noose.


      • I am curious with solar what the efficiency would be like if you used a physical storage method (like a water wheel) rather than batteries.

        ie during the day some of your solar energy pumps water to a storage facility at the top of the hill. At night the water flows down the hill turning a water wheel and generating electricity.

        Wonder if it could be done ?


      • It could ~ but every extra ‘step’ in any process creates inefficiencies ~ losses in the system can’t be avoided. And believe me, I’ve come up with some lulus back down the track; but there really isn’t any such thing as a free lunch; even god demands a price for the benefits he offers!….(just to maintain the tone of the blog, 😉 )

        Batteries really ARE the weak link in any such system ~ and the most expensive ~ though you can get value out of them once you understand how the system works: they MUST be used, but usage should be minimised.

        For example:- thinking outside the box: including such things as HOW you use your power (eg run your fridge-freezers flat out all day off the panels and switch them off at night). Keep batteries to run lights, TV, computer.. …and a small-demand-start generator for the short-time high-energy users like the microwave/powertools, etc. Fortunately panels these day are dirt cheap (and the technology improves all the time), compared to the first ones I set up which cost (second-hand) over $13 a watt…30 years ago that was a LOT of money. These days y’can get them for down to about 65 CENTS a watt, so you can afford overkill…..and use excess power to heat water or whatever.

        But, as with everything, it always pays to get back to the basics, and for some time I’ve been looking for a suitable property with a creek! Even a small reliable water-flow can run a mini-generator 24/7.

        And innovative ideas are not only very satisfying, but can come up with some beaut solutions ( in any field), so keep thinking.


      • Yeah and batteries aren’t always the most environmentally friendly option in their production or disposal.

        I just wondered with a physical mechanism like a water wheel is would it be “do-able” or would it be too inefficient


      • It’s do-able all right, AND hugely inefficient. (Some early oversized power-stations used to use up excess power in similar schemes, in the days when it was more practical to use excess power than to reduce production at off-peak times.)….and I seem to think the Snowy Scheme might still do so.

        Can’t give you the maths because of the endless variations involved ~ down to the conductivity of the particular wiring you use, friction in the water-pipes, etc. But suspect the efficiency ratios might run in the 20/1 ballpark.
        ie. you’d need to use 20 hp to produce 1 hp.; the facility would have to be huge ~ and accordingly expensive.
        (and rather than a ‘water-wheel’ you’d find a Pelton wheel much more efficient. I’ve seen some very useful little units at work on only a 3or4 metre head.)

        A lot of all of this depends what’s available on your site; a good bore and windmill-driven pump (along with a consistently windy site) might work ~ inefficiencies are less important if the power-source is free), but on such a site a better option might be to set up several small wind-turbines (simple and cheap these days) and produce electricity direct.
        ….which you could use to pump water uphill! 😆

        Practically speaking ( and without access to a permanent creek) batteries are the only way to go. The trick is to find the best way to minimise their use.

        …and keep in mind that, even now, you could probably buy a smallish battery-bank for half the price of the insanely-rising cost of the ‘Service-to-Property’ over, say six or eight years.
        …..or you could become a christian, and exercise your mustard-seed of faith to make water flow to a point uphill from your water-wheel. 😉


  3. Should’ve thought to mention —> The water wheel in the photos was designed by a real innovative genius ~ John Hermans ~ who came up with the same sort of idea you had.

    Q. How do you push water uphill (in this case a tank something over 60 metres higher than the river-level) without chewing up virtually all the energy the river provides? (and keeping in mind even water running DOWNhill uses up energy). Think about it for a few minutes before reading on.

    A. arrange a coil of poly-pipe, sized to suit the calculated hp the wheel can consistently produce, and have the open end of the pipe dip into the river at each revolution, scooping up (in this case) about half a cupful of water.
    As the wheel turns (taking the coiled poly with it) the small amount of water winds it way further up the pipe, and at the next rev. another half-cup of water is scooped up.
    By the time the first bit of water reaches the delivery pipe there might be several hundred small amounts of water in the pipe: the accumulated weight of ALL of them progressively compressing the air which entered the pipe between ‘gulps’ ~ and keep in mind water can’t be compressed. The whole thing works rather like a piston-driven pogo-stick, withb the weight of the user increasing a little with each bounce.

    ..and if the maths is accurate, the compressed air creates enough pressure to force the water to the required height.

    I really do love stuff like that; and if there were a ‘Creator’ I’d imagine he delighted in setting things up so’s they’d work in such ways. Our ‘Seeing The Light’ doesn’t necessarily manifest itself simply as a ‘funny feeling while one is sitting on a picket fence’. 😉


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