DEAR ABBY: My dear, late father read the old Baltimore News Post newspaper from cover to cover. He would put me on his lap and read the funnies or something special to keep me current and interested in the news. I have read newspapers ever since -- and always your column.
The letter from the woman whose little sister was killed when a young neighbor backed her car out of the driveway brought back many memories.
I believe I knew the family. We were in our early 30s then, with two children of our own. We met the family at church functions. They carried that beautiful child on their shoulders as a trophy -- and beautiful she was.
The parents owned a religious bookstore. When news of the tragic accident spread, everyone who knew them showed up at the church service and funeral. I remember the eulogies. That outpouring of love for this precious family was overwhelming.
After the service, there was a profound silence. Then a strong, beautiful singing voice began to fill the church. The song was, "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so." I looked around and realized the voice was coming from the child's mother! People around me wanted to join in, but they couldn't choke back the tears.
I watched in amazement as this mother helped her husband to stand as their children followed. She led the entire church in the procession, never losing her strength or composure. Her voice soared above every other in that huge gathering.
She taught us that God loves us so much he grants supernatural strength when we need it most. Please tell this young woman that her family's example of strength and forgiveness touched my life and many others for more than 24 years. -- LINDA BRESSLER, TAMPA, FLA.
DEAR LINDA: And I'm sure your letter will touch the hearts of others, as it touched mine.