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Which Choice Do you Make?
« on: November 13, 2006, 09:04:56 AM »
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The Choice


 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 fund raising 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,
Physially and mentally handicapped comes into the world,
an 0pportunity 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 as 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  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".

Hay 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 hi s 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 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. Pass This Massage.......   2. Or Ignore........ !

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