"The Smell of
Rain," an Inspirational Story about a Premature Baby-Truth!
- Summary of eRumor:
The story of Diana and David
Blessing and their daughter, Danae, born when Diana had been
pregnant for only 24 weeks. (Read the entire piece below.)
- The Truth:
This is one of the most widely circulated inspirational stories on
the Internet and one of the most commonly forwarded to us.
TruthOrFiction.com has been in contact with the Blessings who
confirm that the story is true and that now 9 year-old Danae is
- Here are excerpts from Diana Blessing's
message to us on 8/21/00:
"Yes, the story known as THE SMELL OF
RAIN is true.
"The original title is 'Heaven Scent'. About 5 years ago now, the
C.E.O. of Columbia hospitals decided to compile some of the
wonderful stories that he had received and put them into a book
formatted similar to the 'Chicken Soup' series. This book was titled
'Miracles In Our Midst.' Danae's story was submitted and picked in
rough draft written by my mother. The 'writers' then called and
interviewed me, finalizing the story from this interview. When the
book was released, he decided to use his, 'favorite story' to
promote the book on the internet. It happened to be Danae's story.
People then began the long journey that has now revolved over and
over all around the globe as they took that little story and
forwarded it to their friends and loved ones. The story has been in
numerous church newsletters, two magazines and has most recently
been published in the latest 'Chicken Soup' book titled 'Chicken
Soup For The Christian Family Soul.'
"Danae is now a lively, beautiful, active, free-spirited, blissful,
God-loving fourth-grader. She is in the Gifted and Talented program.
Still petite, but growing daily. She loves to play 'active' sports.
Soccer, softball, basketball. She had taken gymnastics and loved it.
Especially the fact that she shares a birthday with Shannon Miller,
but decided to stick with the more aggressive sports. She swims like
a little fish. Loves all animals. Has several of her own.
"Danae has a compassion for other people that I have never witnessed
with another child and I work with children daily. She is a pure joy
to be around and is NEVER at a loss for words. When I first began
getting response from the story I was startled. I quickly realized
that God was working his magic. I praised him for allowing me to be
blessed in such a way that I see his well doings each and every day.
My husband and I decided that if sharing Danae's story touched even
one person, than that is what was meant to be. I know now that it
has touched many, many and continues everyday. I am so grateful to
know the Lord and to have him so evident before us. I am also
thankful for the widespread response and blessings from so many of
the people that have received the story and have been touched by it.
Hopefully it will continue to spread the news of God's love.
"I knew when I first saw Danae that she could not and would not be
contained. She screamed to be shared. We couldn't walk in the
grocery store without someone commenting about her. So, I painfully
acknowledged the fact that she would not be mine alone. Danae has a
lot to give. This story is only the beginning.
"Thank you for taking the time to verify the truth. I am excited to
imagine all the lives that will be touched even now that they know
it is true!
Diana Blessing-Luckiest Mom on Earth!
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