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Goodbye…

This week is a pretty saddening one, especially to the 1 billion Catholics in the world and also the supporters that wanted to keep Terri Shiavo alive.

1. The Pope:
Although me myself isn’t a Catholic, I am still saddened by his death. The pope was born Karol Wojtyla in 1920 in Poland. He became pope in October 1978, the first non-Italian pontiff in 455 years. The 84-year-old pontiff died Saturday from septic shock and cardiocirculatory collapse triggered by a fever caused by an infection at the urinary tract, the Vatican said. He suffered from a number of chronic illnesses, including Parkinson’s disease.

Numerous world leaders — including U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair — are expected to attend Friday’s funeral.

In Washington, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Monday that the president and first lady Laura Bush will fly to Rome on Wednesday. Bush will become the first U.S. president to attend a papal funeral while in office.

Bush told reporters Monday that John Paul II showed that “one man can make a difference in people’s lives.”

2. Terri Schiavo:
On March 31, 2005 at approximately 9.05am, Terri Schindler-Schiavo lost her nearly 14 day struggle against starvation and dehydration and died at the Hospice Woodside in Pinellas Park, Florida. Such a cruel death – she died of severe dehydration since her feeding tube was removed on March 18, 2005.

I wonder why some people need to die. Sometimes they don’t even deserved to die, just like Terri. She collpased 15 years ago and now she isn’t in PVS (Persistent Vegetative State) – her behavior does not meet the medical or statutory definition of persistent vegetative state. Terri responds to stimuli, tries to communicate verbally, follows limited commands, laughs or cries in interaction with loved ones, physically distances herself from irritating or painful stimulation and watches loved ones as they move around her.

I can see the pain living in your eyes,
And I know how hard you try,
You deserve to have much more,
I can feel your heart and I sympathize,
And I’ll never criticize,
All you’ve ever meant to my life.

I don’t want to let you down,
I don’t want to lead you on,
I don’t want to hold you back,
From where you might belong.

You would never ask me why,
My heart is so disguised,
I just can’t live a lie anymore;
I would rather hurt myself,
Than to ever make you cry,
There’s nothing left to say but goodbye.

You deserve the chance at the kind of love,
I’m not sure I’m worthy of,
Losing you is painful to me.

I don’t want to let you down,
I don’t want to lead you on,
I don’t want to hold you back,
From where you might belong.

You would never ask me why,
My heart is so disguised,
I just can’t live a lie anymore;
I would rather hurt myself,
Than to ever make you cry,
There’s nothing left to say but goodbye.

You would never ask me why,
My heart is so disguised,
I just can’t live a lie anymore;
I would rather hurt myself,
Than to ever make you cry,
There’s nothing left to try,
Though it’s gonna hurt us both,
There’s no other way than to say goodbye.

Goodbye… however, you’ll always be in my heart.

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