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Nov 27th, 2007, 3:59pm
 
           "God Grades on a Curve"

I returned home from college one weekend and told Mom (who was in her 60s) about a funny sign on campus: God Grades on a Curve.  It should have elicited a humorous, witty remark; instead, the reaction was one of unimaginable horror.  Mama burst into tears and great sobbing - with moans the sounds of something never before heard, and the physical likes of something never before seen, and she frightened me. I got her seated and wondered, "What is it ... what did  I  say to cause all this." She had never, never-ever cried and this was something she was doing with such tremendous emotions that I was freightened, so scared - that I did not know what to do.

You see, my Mama did not cry. Mama was strong. Mama solved problems. Mama saw humor in almost everything. This wasn't the Mama I had know for 20-some years and I was very scared ... and very glad Dad was not at home because he would have been yelling at me, wanting to know what I had done to cause Mama to cry.

After many minutes she said in a shaky voice, "I certainly hope not."

I asked, "Why?" and she  replied, "If God graded on a curve, I'd never get in to heaven because they skewed the entry score for heaven so high that if I did nothing but good for every day of the rest of my life, I could still never do enough good to equal what they did."

That speaks volumes.
An Angel of Bata'an and Corregidor who was a very good woman in her life-time, thought the Scouts and the other defenders of Bata'an and Corregidor had so much faith and did such good works on Bata'an and Corregidor, they skewed the entry score for heaven so high that she could never do enough good to be let in.  

She was crying because she would never be with them, the heroes of an Angel of Bata'an, she would always be outside, looking in,  if God grades on a curve.

Mama is Arkansas/Oklahoma/Texas late 1800s early 1900s  dialect  for Momma

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Reply #1 - Dec 6th, 2007, 3:26am
 
I am the son of a living Bataan defender, a Philippine Scout who served in Co. C, 12th Medical Bn. (PS) during the Battle of the Philippines. I regularly assign Dr. Elizabeth Norman's book, We Band of Angels, for my students to read as one way of understanding WW II in my "US History Since 1877" class I teach here in the Chicago, Illinois, area.  

I would like to read aloud Sue Trout's posting about her mother's reaction to that statement to my students after they have read the book and then written an essay on it. However, I am quite sure that I will not be able to get through it without becoming very emotional. I think that I will have to have one of my students do that for me.
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Reply #2 - Dec 29th, 2007, 2:43am
 
Yes, go ahead and use  the piece for your classes.  

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Reply #3 - Jan 10th, 2008, 12:45am
 
Sue - - - thanks for the permission. I believe that I did write an email about my father, SFC Ricardo R. Maravillas (USA, Ret.). He lives with my mother in Fairfield, CA, their home since Sept. 1956.

He told me that while he was assigned to the 12th Med. Bn. (which occurred just after the war's outbreak; he had previously been a soldier in Co. C, 14th Engineers Bn. since his enlistment in March 1941), he served for a time on Bataan as a runner. While doing so, on a few occasions he observed, but never directly interacted with, the Angels of Bataan and Corregidor as they did their work. My Dad remembers them as mature-looking , serious women, dressed in coveralls, busy attending to their many patients at Hospital No. 2 in Little Baguio.      
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Reply #4 - Jan 11th, 2008, 1:08am
 
I must have deleted it when I ran my spam filter;  I thank you for writing again. Your dad was one of the young ones and the nurses were nurses-first in every aspect of their lives. Several were older women. Mom was in her mid 30s during the war and she called the soldiers, "my babies",  because they were so young. She wrote that  she thought many of them looked on her as  their momma. She truly loved every one of them.

When I look at photos of Scouts I have received (along with their stories from a few special people) I know I am looking into the beautiful  youthful faces of teens and 20 years olds who have a glowing innocence in their faces, so innocent of what is to come and therein,  I see "her babies" - so very young - the age of my son at 21, joyful, innocent, trusting, not prepared for everything life will throw a him, like her "babies".

I am thankful to the Scouts for being so supportive of me and I catch a glimpses of why Mama always loved them in speaking with them. I see they are  still innocent in their knowledge  of all the good Mama  saw them do.  And yes, I think some of today's Scouts may  have been one of her  young "babies", her sons.

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