March 19,1963 I was awaken at 3 a.m. by the screams of my mother.
I was sleeping on the couch this night. Our telephone was on a table by the couch in the hallway outside of our bathroom. My mother was yelling for help on the telephone.
I jumped up from the couch to see what was wrong. I went by my mother and I saw inside the bathroom my father standing over the toilet throwing up blood. It seemed as if the toilet was overflowing with his blood.
My father then walked out of the bathroom and into the kitchen where he sat on a chair and asked my mother for a drink of water.
As my mother turned her back to the sink, he again threw up more blood, fell off the chair, and died on our kitchen floor in his own blood.
I was in shock, my mother was screaming, crying and praying. My sister was crying.
My dog Trixie was on the back porch. She knew something was wrong because she never stopped barking.
The next day my mother told me that Trixie had to go. We did not know who would take her, so my mother called the dog pound. I told her I would take Trixie to the truck but it had to be around the corner because I did not want my neighbors to see me giving my dog to the dog pound.
I was 13, my sister was 18. I will never forget the sad look on the faces of the two men who were standing at the back of the truck with the doors open seeing a young boy with a little dog coming to them.
I was a very angry person for the next 18 yrs. over the sudden and horrible death of my best friend, my father. I know if it wasn't for Jesus Christ who softened my heart, I may have never cried over my father's death. But 18 yrs. after he died I was able to cry a river of tears that never seemed to stop.
It would take me 52 yrs. to cry over my dog Trixie. I did this last year while leading a Christ Renews weekend.
The picture is not of Trixie. It is Cory, God' s gracious gift to me several years ago who has a striking resemblance to my Trixie.
By the Love and Grace of God I am now completely healed of the traumatic, horrible night on St. Joseph's day March 19,1963