Just a Thought: Things that really matter – Entertainment & Life – Holland Sentinel


The following was written by my daughter, Rebekah, about three weeks after my wife, Rosemary’s, life-changing accident.

Rebekah writes:

December 31, 2011

I got to video chat with my mom tonight.

I could say that she finally sounds just like she used to, but there’s something subtly different. What is it? I can’t put my finger on it.

Is it that her words are more planned, because she has to work a bit harder to put her thoughts into words and then to speak them? Maybe.

I tend to think that it’s my hearing that’s different.

Every word, every phrase that comes from my mom’s mouth is now a precious gift, not taken for granted. I pay attention when she talks, not letting myself get distracted by life.

I hear every sound, every inflection, listening for the emotion behind the words. Is mom happy? Is she sounding hopeful? Does she sound tired, or is it depression I hear?

Every word is precious to me.

Just to hear her voice, coherently expressing her thoughts. Such a contrast to a mere two weeks ago, the one or two word phrases she would repeat over and over again as she was coming out of sedation, words of desperation and confusion.

I wanted so badly to comfort her then, but I couldn’t. She was so confused, only able to convey brief snippets of her fear and pain.

Oh how I rejoice in her words. How I love the sound of her beautiful voice.


“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry.”

— Psalm 34:15

Final Thought:

“There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.”

— G. K. Chesterton

— Vince Reidsma is a Holland resident. Contact him at vreidsma@gmail.com.

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