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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Who is Terri? Who was Terri?

The Washington Post carries a story on Terri Schiavo captioned “Terri Schiavo’s Unstudied Life” on Good Friday.

The story was divided into two parts. The first part, “Who was Terri Schiavo?” told of Terri’s innocence and her dreams. Terri was just a girl next door - a girl who wrote to John Denver asking him to come sing at her wedding, a girl who went to Disney World for her honeymoon and hoped that she and her husband and children would visit the Disney World year after year, a girl who worshipped television stars..

The picture that the words suggest is touching. Her life was a series of choices. She made hundreds of choices every day. What did she want as a young girl? She had made her choices that which she desired most at the moment of decision. That’s the key: at the moment of decision.

She was a truly ordinary girl with simple dreams and an uncomplicated life. She was able to make her own choices.

Now, who is Terri Schiavo?

Terri Schiavo is everywhere. There are pictures of her on the front pages of newspapers, on the Internet, on every news network on TV.

The courts recognize that she is a woman who has been in a "persistent vegetative state" since the day she suffered heart failure 15 years ago. She cannot communicate, she is not cognizant of what is happening around her, her movements are nothing more than neurological tics.
Terri is not capable of making her choices now.

For the past 15 years when Terri was not able to make her choices, her parents and bushand have been locked in a grueling war, a war over money, over control, and, in the end, over Terri's choice.

Schiavo wants his wife to be allowed to die. That, he says, was her wish.

The Schindlers want someone -- the government, the courts, anyone with any possible authority in this situation -- to restore the feeding tube that was removed, by court order, last Friday. They want their daughter, in whatever state she is, to live.

Terri Schiavo is 41 years old. But who she was -- a shy little girl, a woman still able to find joy in a simple stuffed bunny -- will forever be suspended in time. Many want to make a choice for her.

But, only in God’s profound and infinite wisdom can such paradoxical varieties become light.
James Russel Lowell, the noted writer impeccably describes it this way –

Once to every man and nation
Comes the moment to decide.
In the strife of truth with falsehood,
For the good or evil side;
With each choice God speaking to us
Offering each the bloom of blight,
Then the manor nation chooses
For the darkness or the light.

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