Tuesday, January 3, 2012

One Small Step

It seems that some stories are simply too good to pass up.

In 1928, a 14 year old girl named Minka was on her way to her faram at home when she and another girl were jumped by three men; they were raped. Minka became pregnant as a result. She was sent to a home for expecting girls, and gave birth to a daughter, who was promptly given up for adoption.

In 2006, at the age of 95, she received a phone call from a man in his fifties. Her grandson--he asked if she would like to speak to her daughter?

This week, Minka Disbrow celebrated her hundredth birthday, with her 86 year old daughter and multiple grandchildren and great grandchildren.

It's amazing what happens when you give someone a chance in life. Particularly one who our society thinks does not deserve one. Nobody is in greater danger than a child, in utero, conceived by rape.

But sometimes--perhaps more often than we know--it turns out well. As here. After all, the girl who bore that child 86 years ago could never have known that the result would be a grandson--and an astronaut.

Or that she was, in giving birth and life, taking one small step for man.

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