JournalismPakistan.com December 24, 2013
It's not all gloom. Sometimes, rainbows do brighten up the sky. You want to hear an Xmas story? One of love and faith and warmth and guts and tears in your eyes. You cannot beat this.
She left two letters with a friend to be opened at the right time just before she died of ovarian cancer in 2011. She was 46. Brenda Schmitz addressed her husband and the new woman in his life. Two years after her death a local radio station in Des Moines granted the wishes by bringing in sponsors to pick up the tab.
Brenda wrote: "When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer."I told [my friend] once my loving husband David had moved on in his life and had met someone to share his life with again, to mail this letter to all of you at the station."
David had recently become engaged again and Brenda's first wish was a request for the station to give his "new lifelong partner," Jane, a pampering spa session. They are doing just that.
"She deserves it, being a stepmother to all those boys," the letter read. "Make her smile and know her efforts are truly appreciated from me.
"Thank you," Brenda added. "I love you, whoever you are."
The second wish Brenda asked for was a "magical trip" for the entire family to a place where they can "enjoy each other's company and companionship as a family and create those memories that will be with them forever If there are children from her side let them be one family.
The radio station has them all on an eight-day expenses paid trip to Disneyland.
The final wish was aimed at the doctors and nurses at Mercy Medical Hospital who took care of her while she was sick. Brenda asked that they be given a "night out full of drinks, food and fun for all they do every day for the cancer patients they encounter."
It is party time at the hospital.
Merry Xmas everyone.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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