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Fea~ _~ River Bulletin Wednesday. Oct. 10, 2001 6A Photos submitted be boys, even when they're on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. lan Wood splashes Light i caStle fountain at Avila. red lome, a=a followed, and Ian saw knees, but he didn't want to mres$ Bernadette's childhood home go any further because it was I Wompage4A and the church where she so cold," Norma said. Instead, _ was baptized, the men poured water on Ian 'ee a;i ?i'dI:s just like the After lunch, it was time to and gave Norma water to an was excitedke a visit the famed baths. They pour on him. Mother and son • thi Mommy., went to a special area fordrank some of the spring wa- nd e =ua Was amazed by children, and, because of the ter, as well. oaid,tes -the number of ho wheelchair, they did not have Norma said one of the o,,, !=e, gift shops, even a Mc- to wait in line. amazing things about the wa- ed, "111 s. Norma and Ian were greet- ter is that it seems to dry in- , not at the holy site. ed by five men, who were stantly. explained. and a dinner at Norma put lan to knowing that tile WOuld be an emo- me. began early with grotto. Norma es- to 500 people at- mass was offici- 0 Priests, with Fa- tour of Lourdes there to assist them. Norma When the men put tan back said one of these men asked in his chair, she noticed ira- her to share with everyone at mediately that "he looked home how much the French taller." appreciated what the Ameri- Ian was quiet. In the cans did for them during evening, there was mass in World War II. an underground "chapel" for The men visited with Ian 25,000. It was a special set- and Norma and listened to vice--a blessing for the sick. their story. It was then time After dinner, mother and to descend into the bath, son walked in a candlelight which was very cold. procession and returned to "They got him in to his the grotto. Later, getting ready for .~: ~ 2 bed, Norma said that Ian turned to her and said, ¢° , ':~ i~i '~i:,. ........ --.r-: ti "Mommy, I could jump for .... , joy." ; "I know Ian, today was a The grotto at Lourdes was lan's favorite spot on his pilgrimage. He returned several times during his stay at the renowned place of healing. Norma said she stopped Ian's pain medication and he hasn't required any since. The day they were sup- posed tb return to the United States, there was an explo- sion in Toulouse, which de- layed their, flight. They spent another day in Lourdes, and returned to the grotto yet again. At the grot- to, tan and Norton left prayer requests for all of "the people back home" who helped them make the trip. The return trip took them through the same airports, but this time was very differ- ent. Norma said the planes were very empty and quiet. She said they. weren't wor- ried though, because they knew they were "held safe in the hands of God." Looking back on their ex- perience, Norma said, "This trip was so much better than I dreamt it could be." Norma said that fan al- ready wants to make plans to very special day," she said. go back, but she said that he "No Mommy, my back will ha e, to wait until "he is doesn't hurt anymore. The a big man, and can take him- Lord's water took away my self." .pain." Given lan's determination ~Mother~and son ~pi for and faith, and now his mira- joy, one of the many times cle, he may just do it. tears flowed that day. finally made it to Lourdes with his mother, Und Father Joe, a priest and family friend. Their the result of months of planning and fund- and his mother said they are very gratew nity support they received. 91 8h Sierra Animal Rescue Italtan Di o Fund rinser • "nner & Bing - " Friday, October 19 at 6 pm i[ .pC Calpine Elks Lodge - Hwy 70 Door prizes & Raffle prizes F Donation: $15 per person • tee bingo for prizes-6 pm. 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