In July 1915, Charles and his ten-year-old daughter, Charlotte, were excited about a company cruise the next day. That night, before the cruise, Charles had a bad argument with his boss, which ended with the boss spitting on a painting of the Virgin Mary, hanging on a nearby wall.

 Charles was so mad, he fell sick and canceled their trip. He and Charlotte missed the company cruise on the SS Eastland, which sank with over 800 people on board—and no survivors. But without my grandfather and mother. Thanks to that miraculous argument 100 years ago, there are 22 descendants alive today that would not have been born.

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    • A small, impoverished church congregation was once doing a Nativity play for the small 250 strong town community. The lady playing the part of Mary was congratulated by the Minister for giving an excellent rendition of the character to which she replied, sarcastically, That, will be the last time I make a laughing stock of myself, taking part in such a backward, type of play.” He replied, saying: “I’m so sorry, sister, that we cast you in the play, we won’t embarrass you like that again”. She died of a heart attack a day later. And, naturally, she was never to be similarly embarrassed like that again. 😉

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