One day in Heaven, God said to his angels there is going to be a baby born to a family and this baby is going to be somebody special.
And so it came to be that this baby was born to an ordinary family and was raised to young adulthood and still was nothing special. The angels said, “God you said this baby would be somebody special but it is not. God said, “Just wait, my children.”
The “special baby” became a young adult, met a man, and was married and they became a young couple. The young couple moved far away from their families and learned to deeply love and depend on each other. They also had a baby of their own.
Later this family moved back near their families and settled down to raise their baby. As time passed, this young couple had many trials and tribulations. And again, the angels said, “God you said this child would be somebody special but it is not.” And God again said, “Just wait, my children.”
Time passed and the “special” baby was how an elderly person and had several health problems. Cancer would raise its ugly head but was defeated. Heart problems would also affect the elderly person but that too was defeated. All the while, the young couple’s baby was raised and had two children of its own, so by now the “special baby” became a grandparent.
The “special baby” was deeply loved by its spouse, its baby and its grandchildren. Eventually, one of the grandchildren married and had a baby of its own, making the special baby a great-grandparent. Again, the angels asked God about the special baby and again God said, “Just wait, my children.”
Time again passed and the aging special baby’s cancer returned but by now the special baby was older and very tired and not in very good health.
Now God said to the special baby, “It’s time for you to come home.” But again the angels said, “God, you said this was a special baby but we do not understand. What did this special baby do for you to say that it would be a special baby?”
And God said, “Look what she has done throughout her life. She married, gave birth to her own special baby who would marry a fine Christian man, have and raise two fine children, one of which would meet and marry a good Christian woman and have a special baby of their own.”
“My special baby would survive cancer, heart bypass surgery, have surgery on both eyes, have 11 shots in her eye because of muscular degeneration and have COPD all the while never asking ‘why me?’ or complaining even though her health was failing. What made her ‘special’ was how special she was to her husband, her daughter, son-inlaw, her two grandchildren and one granddaughter-in-law, her greatgrandson, her sisters, brother, and their families, and her loving friends who would say that Ruth was a special person who was deeply loved and inspired by all who knew her.”
And the angels greeted the “special baby” with open and loving arms and God said, “Well done, my child. You are truly my special baby.” Richard R. Gallagher
Editor’s note: Mr. Gallagher wrote the above tribute on April 20, 2018, to honor his late wife, Dundalk resident Ruth Gallagher, who passed away on Jan. 19.