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United States
August 12, 2009 5:16pm CST
Now this is not really a political discussion, I would like for everyone to see exactly how we raise our children, we always hear the negative part when they do wrong but we definately do not hear when they do things like this. This brought tears to my eyes since I do work with disabled people it reaches home pretty deep in my heart. I do not know who wrote this all I know is when it hit my email I had to share it and where else is better than with mylot friends? If you care to comment please do I would like to know your reaction to all these heros! Two Choices What would you do?....you 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 children with learning disabilities, 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, who was mentally and physically disabled 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 I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, ' Do you think they ' ll let me play? ' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps. I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance 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. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my 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 I 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, 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, moved 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. B y 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 me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
13 Aug 09
I have seen this before and it reminds me a lot about my younger days and only wish that I was treated with such dignity. All we handicapped people want is to be treated fairly and as equals, not as handicapped people that we are unless it's a consideration type of thing but nothing more. Maybe in time, parents will teach their children about compassion for others. I can only hope.
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• United States
13 Aug 09
It is the parents that have to be educated, we are the ones that fear what we do not know in many cases.
• United States
12 Aug 09
I'm crying here, thank you for sharing such a beautiful story. I have no further comment other than to say I am deeply moved. Thanks.
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@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
12 Aug 09
Hi Grammasnooks. This is such a happy/sad story. I am glad to say that in the community where I live, we set great store by our children and we always see to it that the wonderful among them, the unsung heroes Do get discovered and honored, as they should be! Many of them are willing to give the spotlight to another, help however they can, and even risk their own lives to save another! I am glad these things make the news often, and not just the negative things. Karen
• United States
13 Aug 09
It is great that the community you live in is so active and recognize the children thank you for responding
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@irishidid (8716)
• United States
14 Aug 09
Nice story. I get some weird looks when I've gotten totally excited over something my daughter did. When she tied her shoes for the first time I called everyone, bragged to my neighbors and thought it was pure genius of her. When she walked to the local Walmart by herself, I did the same thing. She was 11 when she tied her first shoes and 20 years old when she went to the store by herself. There were other first too that I got so excited over. I had to wait longer than most parents, but it didn't make it any less significant.
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
13 Aug 09
Ok you got me good here I am sitting here with tears streaming down my eyes. If only life was really this way all the time. This is what life is supposed to be, this is true living and true love for everyone. Thank you for sharing.
• United States
13 Aug 09
I honestly believe that life is more like this than we realize it to be. Everytime someone in your life does something this amazing we should be shouting it from the rooftops. Let it be known that our children are indeed compassionate loving individuals and drive out the reps that a few leave for all of them.
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