A simple gesture...

April 27, 2007 7:51am CST
Mark was walking home from school one day when he noticed that the boy ahead of him had tripped and dropped all the books he was carrying, along with two sweaters, a baseball bat, a glove and a small tape recorder. Mark knelt down and helped the boy pick up the scattered articles. Since they were going the same way, he helped to carry part of the burden. As they walked, Mark discovered the boy's name was Bill, that he loved video games, baseball and history, that he was having a lot of trouble with his other subjects and that he had just broken up with his girlfriend. Mark went home after dropping Bill at his house. They continued to see each other around school, had lunch together once or twice, then both graduated from junior high school. They ended up in the same high school, where they had brief contacts over the years. Finally the long-awaited senior year came. Three weeks before graduation, Bill asked Mark if they could talk. Bill reminded him of the day years ago when they had first met. "Do you ever wonder why I was carrying so many things home that day?" asked Bill. "You see, I cleaned out my locker because I didn't want to leave a mess for anyone else. I had stored away some of my mother's sleeping pills and I was going home to commit suicide. But after we spent some time together talking and laughing, I realized that if I had killed myself, I would have missed that time and so many others that might follow. So you see, Mark, when you picked up my books that day, you did a lot more. You saved my life." credits to: gagirl.com
2 responses
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
27 Apr 07
Oh that is wonderful that Mark helped Bill and also saved his life yes you never know what is going on in someone else life and that you too may save someone else from pain they have in their lives so be thankful for what you have and do try to be more friendly with others.
@limosonia1 (1559)
• United States
27 Apr 07
I have read this before and each time I read it. It touches my heart. I believe that none of us truly knows the impact that are words and actions have on people and not always in a good way. I wish more people would think about this before doing something negative to somebody and but I am also greatful for the people that do touch others in a good way.