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Chuck Hinman: IJMA 122 : Cigarettes In My Life

Chuck Hinman, It's Just Me Again 122 : Cigarettes In My Life
I reached in my shirt pocket many times only to remember "Oh I don't smoke any more! Remember?" The next earlier Chuck Hinman Story: - IJMA 118 : Gypsies Are Coming Your Way!

By Chuck Hinman

Cigarettes In My Life

Paul and Kasi, you have never seen me, your Dad and Grandpa, with a cigarette in my mouth. But it hasn't always been that way.

I smoked a little in college, and later a pack and a half a day for sixteen years (1942 to 1958). I can't write or see well enough to see how many cigarettes my poor old lungs have inhaled (and I did inhale) but if you are interested it would be 16 times 365 times 30. I'll bet that is a semi-trailer full of cigarettes or the equivalent of the smoke from a forest fire. Oh, maybe not quite that much.

Some of the brands to choose from were Lucky Strike, Camel (what you smelled like), Chesterfield, and a king size cigarette -- Pall Mall, which I was smoking when I quit.

I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy smoking. I did enjoy it. But I was unaware of the discomfort it brought to others when I smoked near them. Also, in those days there was not the proof that smoking was injurious to not only your health but the health of those breathing your second-hand smoke.

Connie and I were in touch with Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City to adopt a newborn baby that was to be the God-inspired match for our family. I have written It's a Boy and It's a Girl about the happy days in 1958 and 1960 when we brought you (Paul) and two years later your mom - Mary Ann (Kasi) to be our very own little boy and girl.

While we were waiting for you Paul, I decided I didn't want to raise my son under the influence of a young Dad who smoked like a chimney! I begged God to help me overcome this habit that had controlled my life for so many years. The prospect that I was soon to become a Dad made me dead serious for God to help me.

I tried so many times to stop smoking and each time I failed I went looking for the cigarettes I had thrown in the trash can. But this time was different and I will never forget it. Thank you Lord for answering my earnest prayer for your help.

I can't say I never thought about cigarettes again. I reached in my shirt pocket many times only to remember "Oh I don't smoke any more! Remember?"

That's why you kids never saw me with a cigarette in my mouth.

It made our love life better when Connie cuddled up to me in bed and whispered "you smell so MUCH better since you stopped smoking, sweetie!" Before I finished my bed-time prayers I would say "Thank you Lord for making me smell better" and drifted off to sleep thankful for my wonderful family.

Written by Chuck Hinman - 27 November 2007

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