by Richard J.Abraham
(South Dennis,MA USA)
My name is Richard J. Abraham, my father was Salim A. Abraham, and when I was a youngster he told me the story of the sinking of the Titanic.
I am 73 years old now and I can still remember how he told me the story, how his cousin Eli was supposed to be on the Titanic, but on his way he lost his money gambling in Paris.
A gamble that paid off …
Whatever your views on gambling, this tale is a reminder that ultimately all life is a gamble. We never really know what’s waiting just around the corner. And we never know how things can change in a flash, just by taking one road rather than the other.
In Eli’s case, he probably left that gambling table cursing his back luck. Little did he know that before long he would be thanking his lucky stars he lost that money, the money that would have bought him a ticket to the most ill-fated maritime disaster in history.
I suppose what we can take from this is that things aren’t always as they seem. Even when things look really bad, the underlying story might be quite different. We just have to wait for it to unfold.
Maybe we should just trust the Universe instead of trying to second guess it – perhaps it has a different plan in mind for us. Certainly, in Eli’s case, it seems like someone was looking down favourably on him.
Thank you, Richard. It’s not often anyone can hear a genuine account of anything to do with the Titanic. Mostly, if you want to know about the Titanic, you have to settle for rehashed accounts of what is supposed to have happened, when you really don’t know how much truth there is in it.
This is a recollection of something told to Richard by his father when he was a boy, and it’s quite genuine. So thanks, Richard, for taking the time to pass this story on.
Anyone interested in the story of the Titanic (which includes practically everyone, I should think) will be interested in your recollections. And yes, it is strange how the hand of fate can reach out and push you gently in one direction or another, even when you have no idea what’s happening.