How are you on this wet and wooly Thursday morning? Only two more sleeps until the Grand Final, where we shall see if my beloved Cats can overcome
Great sacrifise(sic) of a mother
This is a true story of Mother’s Sacrifice during the Japan Earthquake.
After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman’s house, they saw her dead body through the cracks. But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two hands were supporting by an object. The collapsed house had crashed her back and her head.
With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescuer team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall to reach the woman’s body. He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure.
He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his had through the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement,” A child! There is a child! “
The whole team worked together; carefully they removed the piles of ruined objects around the dead woman. There was a 3 months old little boy wrapped in a flowery blanket under his mother’s dead body. Obviously, the woman had made an ultimate sacrifice for saving her son. When her house was falling, she used her body to make a cover to protect her son. The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when the team leader picked him up.
The medical doctor came quickly to exam the little boy. After he opened the blanket, he saw a cell phone inside the blanket. There was a text message on the screen. It said,” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” This cell phone was passing around from one hand to another. Every body that read the message wept. ” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” Such is the mother’s love for her child!!
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There's the story...and there's a photo attached to it that I will discuss later...but...let me say why I call bullshit. I call bullshit because I can't imagine how someone would have the time and forethought to send their infant a text message (she sent the message to her own phone?) whilst they are waiting for their house to collapse around them. I also can't understand how, during a tsunami (the houses that collapsed in Japan did so because of the tsunami, not because of the preceeding earthquake), the woman managed to keep her phone dry, and in her outstretched hands. I also call bullshit because it's just too neat a story...I mean...it's too...'writerly'...especially the hook at the end...where they try to ensnare you emotionally by bringing the phone into play. I fucking hate these kind of chain mail stories that chumps post on Facebook (at least it's better than when they used to email them to me!). They are the lowest form of shit...trying to milk fake emotion out of a situation that has enough real emotion that there's no need for the bullshit.
Reader Tom directed me to snopes where they've discussed the 'quake mother' story. They have classified it as 'undetermined', but it's pretty clear that they call bullshit as well...for some of the same reasons listed above...and also because the original story came about in 2008 and was related to an earthquake in China. The original story was apparently in a Chinese newspaper...but there were other variations of the story...including one about a teacher who sent his students under a table, and then flung his body onto the top of the table to better absord the debree (fucking champion that teacher...also most likely a total fabrication). They also discuss the accompanying picture (see below)...and it is a resuce team in China...and the people they are 'rescuing' are clearly both dead...and don't match the details of the story.
So...I still call bullshit. Did some version of the story actually happen in 2008? Maybe...unlikely...but maybe. Did the exact same thing happen during the tsunami in Japan? No. Bullshit.
More later probably...I just wanted to call bullshit on this.