Week 16, 2009
STORY OF THE WEEK
The Winner of the Readers' Choice Story of the Week
Your Story Two Major Events has been chosen as the Winner of the Readers' Choice Story of the Week.
|In June 2008 I experienced two major events in my life. On Tuesday the 3rd, my beautiful baby daughter, child number 4 Coco, was born at John Flynn Hospital on Queensland’s Gold Coast. On Wednesday the 4th my wonderful, brave 20 year old son Jake, marched out of basic training at the Royal Australian Air Force’s recruit training base, Wagga Wagga in south western New South Wales, some 1500 km’s apart.
I needed, craved, HAD to be there for both these special people.
Coco was due at any time and with a bit of medical intervention in the guise of a strange "paste" at about 10.30pm Monday evening, she arrived after a text book labour and delivery just before 9.00am the following morning. Miracle??
I had a great day with her and her beautiful mother Tiffany and then jumped on a plane at about 6.00am the following morning to fly out of Gold Coast Airport to make a connecting flight in Sydney for Wagga Wagga. This is where the panic set in.
There only being 2 flights into Wagga Wagga from Sydney each day, the early flight was the only one that would get me to Jake’s march out on time. This allowed only a 35 minute gap between flights in Sydney. No problem if things run to plan.
But we then sat on the runway for 30 minutes which narrowed my transfer to 5 minutes in Sydney. I spoke to an attendant who gave me a glimmer of hope that the delay was caused by fog at Sydney and was therefore delaying everyone – hopefully!!
I buckled in and was resigned to show up in Wagga Wagga whatever happened and support my son who had been through hell and back during boot camp.
The pilots voice came over the intercom giving flight details and confirming my imminent near miss in Sydney. However, that voice over the intercom sounded strangely familiar. My neighbour, friend and surfing campanion happens to be a pilot employed by the airline with whom I was travelling.
I then made the enquiry with my friendly hostess, “Is (such and such) piloting our plane today?”
The reply, “Yes it is, do you know him?”
I informed her that he was my neighbour and asked her to tell him that I had a little girl and that I now needed to get to Wagga Wagga. Can he help?
A short time later I heard that my friend had rung ahead. When I arrived in Sydney I was escorted straight off our plane, met at the top of the exit race and handed a boarding pass and sent straight down a flight of steps to be the last person through the door of the flight to Wagga Wagga. As soon as I was seated and fastened in, we took off and I was not only the proudest dad there on the day but the first to arrive!!
All things considered, that was a miracle.
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A SPECIAL MESSAGE OF THANK YOU FROM JOHN
A HUGE THANK YOU for purchasing my book You Can... Expect A Miracle. Sales have been fantastic worldwide.
As you know I launched the book in the USA in September and the Australian edition was released in late December.
Currently major publicity is happening in the USA and Australia and I need to ask a huge favour. If you brought the book off Amazon, Expect A Miracle website or via our flyer mailing and you have at sometime in the past purchased through Amazon, please go onto the Amazon site and post a review for the book.
Many kind souls have posted some amazing 5 out of 5 reviews. Your help in pushing this number over 100 in the immediate future would be a massive help in assisting me in the PR plan I have put in motion.
I am currently in negotiations with major TV and Media personalities who use Amazon Book Reviews as a great guide to audience acceptance.
I have recently spoken on a high traffic New York evening radio program and on Sydney's radio station 2UE one of Australia's leading radio stations. On New Year's Eve I did a very interesting half hour interview on Radio Norfolk.
Newspaper articles are starting to appear in Australian dailies and two extensive articles will be published in Japan in February in two different publications. Numerous other things are happening media wise in the USA and Australia at present and when these are confirmed, I will keep you posted.
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"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein