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Something to think about

Constantin Member Posts: 3,796
... as with most of these letters, I plug them into snopes.com to see if they are an urban legend. The Rabbi that wrote the book that this story is based on claims it is true. <a href="http://www.snopes.com/glurge/chush.htm">Read more about it, with a critical counterpoint and a link to the original text, if you like</a>.


  • Boiler Guy_2
    Boiler Guy_2 Member Posts: 3
    Something to think about

    As Dan says "Hug your kids" Just HAD to share this! Enjoy

    Just something to think about!

    What would you do?

    You make the choice; Don't look for a punch line. There isn't
    one. Read it anyway.

    My question to all of you is: Would you have made the same

    At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning
    disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered
    a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.

    After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered
    a question.

    "When not interfered with by outside influences, everything
    nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot
    learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as
    other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?"

    The audience was stilled by the query.

    The father continued. "I believe, that when a child like Shay
    comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human
    nature presents itself, and it comes, in the way other people treat
    that child."

    Then he told the following story: Shay and his father had walked
    past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball.

    Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?"

    Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone
    like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if
    his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of
    belonging. Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and
    asked if Shay could play.

    The boy looked around for guidance and, getting none, he took
    matters into his own hands and said, "We're losing by six runs
    and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and
    we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning."

    In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was
    still behind by three.

    In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played
    in the outfield.

    Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just
    to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as
    his father waved to him from the stands.

    In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again.
    Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning
    run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

    At this juncture, let Shay bat and give away their chance to win
    the game?

    Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit
    was all but impossible 'cause Shay didn't even know how to hold
    the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

    However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved in
    a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be
    able to make contact.

    The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The
    pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly
    towards Shay.

    As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow
    ground ball right back to the pitcher.

    The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily
    thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out
    and that would have been the end of the game.

    Instead, the pitcher took the ball and turned and threw the ball
    on a high arc to right field, far beyond the reach of the first

    Everyone started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!"

    Never in his life had Shay ever made it to first base. He
    scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

    Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!"

    By the time Shay rounded first base, the right fielder had the

    He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag,
    but he understood the pitcher's intentions and intentionally
    threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

    Shay ran toward second base as the runners ahead of him
    deliriously circled the bases toward home.

    Shay reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to him,
    turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to

    As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams were screaming,
    "Shay, run home!"

    Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the
    hero who hit the "grand slam" and won the game for his team.

    "That day," said the father softly with tears now rolling down
    his face, "the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of
    true love and humanity into this world."

    AND, NOW A LITTLE FOOTNOTE TO THIS STORY: We all send thousands
    of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when
    it comes to sending messages about life choices, people think twice
    about sharing.

    The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through
    cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often
    suppressed in our schools and workplaces.

    If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are
    that you're probably sorting out the people on your address
    list that aren't the "appropriate" ones to receive this type of message.

    Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a
    difference. We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to
    help realize the "natural order of things."

    So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us
    with a choice:

    Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we
    pass up that opportunity, and leave the world a little bit
    colder in the process?

    You now have two choices:

    1. Delete this.

    2. Forward it to the people you care about.

    You already know the choice I opted for.

  • Bob Sweet
    Bob Sweet Member Posts: 540
    Great stuff

    Thanks to both of you!
  • RoosterBoy
    RoosterBoy Member Posts: 459
    When one knows but little yet is considerate

    To Him People are eager to Listen....*~/:)
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