The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 77, No. 19, Ed. 1, Friday, October 28, 1988 Page: 2 of 14
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Friday October 28 1908
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She can't imagine what anyone in
their right mind would be doing past
midnight on a Friday night in August.
The dog's nose has left a series of
smudge marks across the window just
above the sill. Headlights round the
corncrj her eyes grow wide but this car
doesn't slow down.
She tugs at the sleeve on her soft
blue robe and wishes she could go to
sleep even when the kids weren't home
But she can't.
The street light shines through the
window just enough to show dust on
the dining room table and she recalls a
promise made earlier to do the job.
She can't imagine what in the world
"A-year since the crash I
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nds that last generations
"A common love for each other a
common gift to the Savior a common
bond holding us to the Lord. A com-
mon strength when we're weary a
common hope for tomorrow a common
joy in the truth of God's word."
The soft strains of the familiar song
wafted from the speakers in the tiny .
church as the bridegroom escorted his
grandmother down the aisle.
I watched the smiles "i my grand-
parents' faces as they watched the duo
make its way to the front of the church
and I smiled too through the tears that
had begun to well up in my eyes.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not much of
the sentimental cry-at-weddings type
although the ceremony certainly was
beautiful. Nor was I thinking of my
own wedding rapidly approaching just
sue months ahead.
Instead the words to "A Common
Love" struck me with a realization of
just how special the ties arc that hold
I met the bridegroom Craig Watson
when I was a resident assistant working
When I was very small I believed as
most children do that my parents nevdr
cried. Grown-ups were invincible
magically knowing the answer to any
question I could dream up possessing
the mysterious power to make every
crisis all right.
And then I saw my mother cry.
Looking back I can understand fully
She was a young mother with a 6-
t year-old child who was bossy a 4-year-old
child who had not yet decided to
speak and a 2-year-old child who was
about as calm as Pooh's Tigger. We
were loud; we were messyj and we were
We all had the chicken pox.
Daddy was out of town at a medical
I needed something or maybe I just
wanted something or maybe I was just
lonely so I went looking for Mom.
would be so difficult about dusting a
Her gaze moves toward the living
room to the piano. The bench un-
doubtedly is filled with long forgotten
music books and she recalls a promise
made earlier to practice the piano
She knows for a fact the girl doesn't
need a closet because the clothes are
chronologically filed on the bedroom
The girl definitely doesn't need a car.
She resumes her post at the window
and wipes the smudge marks with the
hem of her robe.
She wishes more than anything to be
sure the girl somehow will take advan-
still feel safer here with moneyjhsn on Wall Street.".
in the Gardner Hall lobby and he was
spreading his contagious high-spirits
around the room. We've only run into
each other occasionally since but he
always makes me smile.
My grandfather met Woodrow Wat-
son Craig's grandfather back in 1930
when they roomed together in Room
318 of McDonald Hall on the old cam-
pus. Mr. Watson passed away a number of
years ago but the bond that held their
relationship was strong enough that
events like Craig and Betty's wedding
still bring our families together.
During Homecoming many families
will celebrate friendships like ours
made during their years here. This
campus becomes a celebration place as
former classmates reunite and exchange
not allowed to cry
Around our house "looking" meant
standing in one place yelling "Mom.
Moml MOM! MOM1I" in increasing
degrees of loudness. It drove her up the
wall but she always answered.
Except this time.
After I had been struck by the star-
tling realization that Mom wasn't going
to answer I actually stopped calling for
her and explored the house.
She wasn't in the kitchen or in the
bathroom or in the living room so I
ventured into the room that my parents
finally had convinced me was not mine
tage of her first year at college and
make the same dear memories she
made. She just wants to be sure.
But she can't.
She can't imagine why it takes so
long to get off a plane and rent a car on
a Friday morning in October.
The wind has blown the window
screen loose in the left bottom corner
excited hugs and greetings.
More than the traditional "The Lord
Bless You and Keep You" the words
to "A Common Love" celebrate the
difference that sets an ACU Homecom-
ing apart from others.
We have the threads of a promised
eternal life of strong faith in our Lord
and a common desire to serve that knit
tight relationships that weather losing
touch moving away and even growing
Alumni rejoice in the gift of the
common love you've been given this
weekend as you renew friendships and
remember your years here.
Students who visit with each other
daily can take time this weekend to
begin building their own traditions and
special relationships that still will mean
so much 20 years from now when
Homecoming means more than a tough
time to find a parking space.
The opportunities here are precious
and passing quickly. Please make the
most of the weekend to celebrate the
Christian bonds that make this place so
She was there and I felt relief as I
wandered into the darkened room and
approached the bed where she lay. The
telephone was on the bed beside her
and as I drew closer I could tell she was
My world felt mighty shaky right
With the utter lack of tact that only
children can get away with I pulled on
her arm and asked her why she was cry-
ing and she quietly said Grandma
couldn't make the long drive to
Houston from Harrold to help her.
Grandpa was sick too.
And though I didn't really unders-
tand why she needed Grandma since
Mom was a grown-up herself I
understood that she wanted her mother
and her mother couldn't come
And at 6 years of age I began to real-
ize that no one is really invincible or
capable of standing alone.
and she can see it moving slightly now
with the breeze.
She smiles to herself upon remember-
ing a soft blue robe her mother always
wore as she waited behind the dining
She picks up a small pillow from the
floor and places it back on the couch.
The room is unusually clean.
The daylight shines through the win-
dow just enough to remind her of
summer vacations and bright birthday
candles. She wants so badly to
remember every Christmas morning
they ever spent together.
But she can't.
In her mind's eye she so clearly envi-
sions the clay hand print from
Israel trip deserves
support of university
ACU sent a group of students and
a faculty member to Israel for the
fall 1987 semester to study the his-
torical cultural and textual roots of
This trip is vital to ACU's conti-
nuing commitment to search out and
restore the essence of the first cen-
tury church. We urge the ad-
ministration to do everything in its
power to raise the funds to send
another group in '89.
Charles Phipps human com-
munication graduate major from
Abilene said the trip helped him
understand what the first century
really was like.
should assist hospitals
Rural hospitals across the nation
are closing at an alarming rate
because of federal budget cuts that
have led to failure to reimburse hos-
pitals fully for Medicare.
The federal government needs to
pay its Medicare debts and cut its
budget elsewhere to save the na-
tion's hospitals. The ACU com-
munity can play a role in correcting
Texas has lost more hospitals than
any other state in the past two yean.
From 1984 through 1987 Texas lost
52 hospitals 28 of which were
located in rural counties. An addi-
tional 15 hospitals have closed this
year in Texas.
The majority of ACU students are
from Texas and many have relatives
living in the rural areas outside
Abilene. Their relatives may not
have a hospital to go to in an
If they do have a place to go but
Dukakis ad disturbs student
To the Editor
This letter is in response to the half page ad in the October 26 edition of the Op-
timist in which ACU faculty members alumni and friends of the University invite us
to support Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen.
I am appalled that these people who support ACU can ask us to support Michael
Dukakis for the presidency of the United States.
The fart that they support a Democrat does not upset me but the fact that they will
vote for a man who believes it is not only all right but also socially acceptable to
murder more than 1 .5 million unborn children a year does.
This ideal is not only unethical but also un-Christian.
How can faculty and friends of a Christian university who profess the ideals of
Christianity turn around and support an ideal that is not only secular but pagan?
Why don't we just wait until the child is one or two years old and leave them out-
side to die from exposure if they are not wanted. The ancient Romans did this act
commonly and thought nothing of it. But of course abortion is much more civilized
is it not?
Junior international studies major
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kinderearten that sits on a shelf at
home. She recalls an invitation carefully
printed in crayon:
Dear Mom and Dad
Please come tomorrow night to my
Open House. I want you to see my
school work and meet my teacher.
She knows for a fact they never miss-
ed an Open House or a Homecom-
ing. Down the street she sees an unfamil-
iar car coming towards her with two
familiar faces and she wishes she could
keep the tears from starting at least un-
til the weekend is over.
But she can't.
"I learned more in the four mon-
ths than in the many yean of being
in the church" he said. "Wc learn-
ed how Jewish Christianity is and
how much Christianity relies on
Students are taught by professors
renowned in their fields at Hebrew
University in Jerusalem Phipps
Class study is combined with field
trips to biblical sights..
The church of Christ needs men
and women who have a deep
understanding of the roots of Chris-
tianity. This trip takes Christians
back to those roots.
are covered by Medicare they may
still be in trouble. Health-care pro-
viders say the federal government
hasn't kept up its end of a promise
to reimburse hospitals for Medicare.
The government promised Medicare
7 percent of the federal budget said
George Atkins vice president of
Humana Inc. one of the nation's
largest hospital companies.
The federal government has a re-
sponsibility to protect and provide
for the people it serves. Slashing
hospital funds and refusing to pay
its bills is not responsible service.
The nation's ill including the el-
derly on Medicare deserve proper
carp and treatment. The federal gov-
ernments needs to insure that they
Students and other relatives of ill
family members can insure ill rela-
tives receive proper treatment by
urging their senators and Con-
gressmen to stop the cuts.
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