My Dear Baby, If You Can Live Through This …

My Dear Baby, If You Can Live Through This …

My Dear Baby, If You Can Live Through This …

… You Must Remember that I Love You.

My Dear Baby, if you can live through this, you must remember that I love you.” Those were the last words that a mother left, in a sms message, for her baby. A short message that brought tears of sadness and joy to many. I saw a message in a friend’s MSN that said, “Beautiful anchorwoman reporting not so beautiful news.” I believe that she and many others were affected by the devastating news, in Myanmar (Burma) and Sichuan – China, that were being reported everyday. There are numerous sad news reported of the quake in Sichuan – China and of the cyclone in Myanmar (Burma) and just as many inspiring and happy news reported. This is one story which touched me deeply and one which I would like to share with you.

It is hard to imagine how a human being so fragile in one moment and yet stronger than steel in another. How could one possibly withstand the weight many times that of oneself? When the evacuation team found her body, she was on her knees with hands flat on the ground, holding up her body. It was almost as if she was bowing ceremoniously, but her body was crushed and deformed by the building. A story of love that transcends the physical being. This is one story of the quake in Sichuan – China that will continue to live in one’s heart and will always remind one to treasure those around one; one will never know when these people may be taken away from one’s life.

“Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so.” — David Grayson

My Dear Baby, If You Can Live Through This, You Must Remember That I Love You

When the rescuers found her, she was already dead, crushed by the collapsed building. They could see her through the debris, on her knees with hands flat on the ground, holding up her body. It was almost as if she was bowing ceremoniously, but her body was misshapen, crushed by the building. Rescuers reached a hand in to check that she was dead, shouting and using a stick to lightly knock on the bricks, waiting for a reply or some sign of life from her that never came. When the group turned their attention towards the next pile of debris, the team leader suddenly rushed back, shouting, “Over here, hurry!” He once again stopped in front of her body, trying his best to reach a hand in to feel the ground sheltered by her torso, shouting, “There’s someone here, a child, still alive!”

The rescuers worked to move the debris carefully, finding her child sheltered beneath her torso. A baby, about four months old, wrapped in a red blanket stitched with yellow flowers. Sheltered by his mother’s body, he was unscathed. They carried him out from the debris, sound asleep, his sleeping face warming the hearts of everyone at the scene in the face of death.

A doctor rushed over, undoing the blanket to check for signs of injury on the baby. He found a handphone stuffed under the blanket, and instinctively glanced at the screen. There was a message on the screen, “My darling child, if you live through this, please remember that I love you.” Despite having seen death countless times, tears rolled down the doctor’s face. The handphone was passed around, evoking tears from everyone at the scene.
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22 thoughts on “My Dear Baby, If You Can Live Through This …

  1. Ms. Ian

    This broke my heart:( There’s no greater love, 2nd to God’s, than a mother’s love.

  2. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Emelyn, indeed it is a very moving story. It deeply touched me. The love of a parent and the incredible strength of one.

    @ Ms. Lan, parents’ love is great; the unconditional showering of love to their children and not asking anything in return.

  3. Symphony of Love Post author

    Yes Sher, you are the one that forwarded it to me 😉
    I just tried to verify to make sure that it is true account. I heard the same account through a local DJ yesterday and read some account of it in other sites today too and saw a news reporting about it too. Truly amazing and inspiring at the same time of a mother’s love for her child.

    It is hard to imagine (seriously I hope none of us is being put through the same situation) what she went through. I wish goodness in the lives of all the people who went through the Sichuan – China quake and the Myanmar (Burma) cyclone.

  4. Buzzing J

    It’s the great tug-of war between humanities and Mother Nature: the frailties of humanities against the mighty wrath of Mother Nature; the stubbornness of humanities in the face of a relenting Mother Nature.

    May the baby grow up to be stronger than her mother …

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  5. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Evita, that was exactly how I felt – wordless. And I had tears at the same time. It is truly amazing how powerful love is and the invisible strength of what one can do.

    @ J, you have an unique view of the issue and interestingly put – tug-of-war between humanities and Mother Nature; a force not to be reckoned with and to be respected. I wish for the same thing too for the baby to grow up strong with the love of the mother.

  6. April

    This really got to me and brought tears to my eyes.

    This was a mother that truly loved her child. I’m sure if she could have she would have loved to live and watch her child grow. But against impossible odds, she did everything she could to make sure her child lived.

    Children are meant to be loved and cherished. It’s so sad that this happened and so many lives were lost.

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  7. safiyyaharyssa

    A mother’s love is the greatest love ever and ever and ever. Like what happen to the mother in this so real story, she was still able to protect her child even with her dead body. Waaaa..How sad!

    And this story made my heart break to pieces. And make me remember how strong my mum is and how I love my child so much that I will do the same if I had to face same situation

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  8. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ safiyyaharyssa, indeed how great the love of a mother. It is sad to read this story and yet inspiring at the same time; the power of love that goes beyond the physical self when one’s loved one is under danger.

  9. Beryl

    This is surely a true story. At that time we saw the toughness of life and the greatness of love. In the earthquake, there happened so many moving stories from our chairman and premier to the people in the streets. All the people from the whole world devote money and relief supplies for the quake-hitten areas. They all explain what is love.

  10. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Beryl, I have heard quite a few moving stories too. There is one where a guy waited 72 hours before he was rescued all because he wanted to see his wife again. Sadly, he died soon after they got him out. And there was another of a policewoman who nursed babies, left orphan by the quake. Such a disaster and yet we see such greatness of love in the occurrence of the quake.