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  1. #1
    nobbynobbs Guest


    Two Choices
    >What would you do? make the choice. Don't look for a punch line,
    >there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you
    > have made the same choice?
    > >>>>>
    >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,
    > physically
    > >>>>> and mentally handicapped 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
    > >>>>> playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me
    > >>>>> 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
    > toplay,
    > >>>>> it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some
    >confidence to
    > >>>>> be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.
    > >>>>>
    > >>>>> Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked
    > >>>>> (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around
    > >>>>> for
    >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."
    > Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put
    >on a
    > team shirt. His Father watched with a small tear in his eye andwarmth
    > in his heart. The boys saw the father's joy at his son being accepted.
    > 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 right field. 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
    >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, do they 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 because 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, recognizing
    >that the
    > other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life,
    > >>>>> in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least
    > >>>>> 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 game would now be over. 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 threw the ball right over the first
    > >>>>> baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from
    > >>>>> the stands and both teams started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!"
    > >>>>> Never in his life had
    > >>>>> Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base. He
    > >>>>> scampered
    > down the
    > >>>>> baseline, wide-eyed and startled.
    > >>>>> Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!" Catching his
    > >>>>> breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and
    > >>>>> struggling to make it to the base. By the time Shay rounded
    > >>>>> towards second base, the right fielder had the ball ... the
    > >>>>> smallest guy on their team who now had his first
    > chance to
    > be the hero for his team. He could have thrown the ball to the
    > >>>>> second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's
    > intentions so
    > he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the
    > >>>> third-baseman's
    >head. Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of
    > him circled the bases toward home.
    > All were screaming, "Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay"
    > Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help
    >him by
    > >>>>> turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to
    > >>>>> third! Shay, run to third!"
    > > As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators,
    > were on their feet screaming, "Shay, run home! 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".
    > Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having
    > >>>>> never forgotten being the hero and making his father so happy,
    > >>>>> and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her
    > >>>>> little hero of the day!
    > >
    > > 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 hesitate. The crude, vulgar, and
    > often
    > obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about
    > 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 in your address book who
    >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 those opportunities and leave
    > >>>>> the
    > > world a little bit colder in the process?
    > >>>>> A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats
    > >>>>> it's least fortunate amongst them.
    > >>>>> You now have two choices:
    > >>>>> 1. Delete
    > >>>>> 2. Forward
    > >>>>> May your day, be a Shay Day.

  2. #2
    redtalut Guest


    Forwarded to all my address book

    Have a Shay day

    And thanks Nobby

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    S. E. Wales


    Good post Nobby

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