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    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

    Can not 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 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

    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

    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. His Father watched with a small tear in his eye

    And warmth 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 G ame 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, 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. 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


    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 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 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

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    it mite be a tear gerker but i bet it would make you feel good

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    I have a huge lump in my throat after reading that! What a good story! I would FORWARD.

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    Very nice story. It never ceases to amaze me on how many thoughtful and simply nice posts I have seen on the boards of OSO. Shows that for the most part their are nice people here. I will forward it for sure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by speedo View Post
    A real tear jerker.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mcraymond3 View Post
    I have a huge lump in my throat after reading that! What a good story! I would FORWARD.
    SAME HERE....

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    Wrong section. Doesn't have anything to do with boats.

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    The world would be a better place if we would all just be good to one another..I did forward it


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