B. A. Binns here, spending Tax-time with the genre-ista's.
I still have to do my taxes. Next week, I swear!
Taxes have been around forever. I am certain that back in prehistory, when mankind first forged a civilization, someone--obviously the guys who took in charge--said, "lets tax everyone else."
Death, on the other hand...
Sometimes that can be, if not stopped, at least delayed. As long as there are heroes.
True story here. Ten-year-old Zachiah found his mother in bed, having trouble breathing. She wasn't his birth mother, but she had taken care of him for years. His foster father was nowhere around. The man, who suffers from PTSD, was later found hiding under a table, fighting off a flashback. This little boy used the 911 training we give kids to call for help. Then he stayed by her side, talking to her, encouraging her to live. He even got her a robe when he heard the approaching sirens, because he knew she wouldn't want to be seen undressed by strangers.
It would be easy to say that all he did was call 911. But the doctor said the woman would have been dead in less than six hours without help. She went to the operating room where they intended to do a quadruple bypass. It ended up being a quint.
I guess she will have to do her taxes this year, thanks to the little hero she took in when no one else, not even his parents, wanted him. I love hearing stories about ordinary kids who go that extra step, do just the right thing at the right moment. And this one is the kind of real boy I also love to write about in my books.
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