This was passed on to me. Please pass it on to someone else.A handsome, middle-aged man walked quietly into the cafe and satdown.Before he ordered, he couldn't help but notice a group of younger men at the table next to him. It was obvious they were making fun ofsomething about him, and it wasn't until he remembered he was wearing asmall pink ribbon on the lapel of his suit that he became aware ofwhat the joke was all about.The man brushed off the reaction as ignorance, but the smirks beganto get to him. He looked one of the rude men square in the eye,placed his hand beneath the ribbon and asked, quizzically, "This?"With that the men all began to laugh out loud. The man he addressedsaid, as he fought back laughter, "Hey,sorry man, but we were justcommenting on how pretty your little ribbon looks against your bluejacket!"The middle aged man calmly motioned for the joker to come over tohis table, and invited him to sit down. As uncomfortable as he was,the guy obliged, not really sure why. In a soft voice, the middle agedman said, "I wear this ribbon to bring awareness about breast cancer.I wear it in my mother's honor.""Oh, sorry dude. She died of breast cancer?""No, she didn't. She's alive and well. But her breasts nourished me as an infant, and were a soft resting place for my head when I was scared or lonely as a little boy. I'm very grateful for my mother's breasts, and her health.""Umm," the stranger replied, "Yeah.""And I wear this ribbon to honor my wife," the middle aged man wenton."And she's okay, too?", the other guy asked."Oh, yes. She's fine. Her breasts have been a great source of lovingpleasure for both of us, and with them she nurtured and nourishedour beautiful daughter 23 years ago. I am grateful for my wife'sbreasts, and for her health.""Uh huh. And I guess you wear it to honor your daughter, also?""No. It's too late to honor my daughter by wearing it now. My daughter died of breast cancer one month ago. She thought she was too young to have breast cancer, so when she accidentally noticed a small lump, she ignored it. She thought that since it wasn't painful, it must not be anything to worry about."Shaken and ashamed, the now sober stranger said, "Oh, man, I'm sosorry mister"."So, in my daughter's memory, too, I proudly wear this little ribbon,which allows me the opportunity to enlighten others. Now, go homeand talk to your wife and your daughters, your mother and your friends."And here the middle-aged man reached in his pocket and handed the otherman a little pink ribbon.The guy looked at it, slowly raised his head and asked, "Can ya help me put it on?"This is breast cancer awareness month. Do regular breast self-examsand have annual mammograms if you are a woman over the age of 40.And encourage those women you love to do the same. Please send thison to anyone you would like to remind of the importance of breastcancer awareness.A CANDLE LOSES NOTHING BY LIGHTING ANOTHER CANDLE, PLEASE KEEP THISCANDLE GOING!Nancy
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