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Susie H

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This one also made me cry, but I think its a beautiful story so.........
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What would you do? You make the choice! Don't look for a punch line; There isn't one! Read it anyway. My question to you 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 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 if Shay could play, not expecting much. 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 put on a team shirt with a broad smile and his Father had 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 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 'cause 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 the other team 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 be able to 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, but 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 head of the first baseman, 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 ran that far but 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 second base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball, the smallest guy on their team, who had a chance to be the hero for his team for the first time. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions and 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, the opposing shortstop ran to help him and turned 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 those watching were on their feet were screaming, 'Shay, 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 and 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 think twice about sharing. 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 on your address list that 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 that opportunity to brighten the day of those with us the least able, 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,sunny today tomorrow & always!
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Lucia Etch

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You brought so many memories with this.
My family of ten,my parents just celebrated 53 yrs. of marriage.
5 boys and 5 girls.
My brother Bobby and I are the middle children.
My brother had Down's Syndrome, I was normal? Until my tenth birthday he was my big brother, and after that I grew taller, he stayed the same.
He love bar-b-ques, the fourth of july, carrying a little felt Santa for Christmas tree (at Christmas.), and especially carrying heavy books.
He never talked, but he would make lots of sounds.
I remember taking him shopping and people would stare, not because he was making noise, Because he looked different.
Children at least would ask what was wrong with him but the adults, would actully stare with their mouths opened. At these times, he would straighten out, and stand tall as if he knew he had to somehow fit in.
He was a little guy, with straight jet black hair, his skin was extremely fair.
I miss his quirky smile and his sounds. He was so cute.

I thought he would be here forever.
When he died, I rember telling myself he could now be happy because, he couldn't be looked at differenty anymore.

Our telephones ring at both ends.
E-mails are sent and recieved at all sides.
Letters are still hand delivered from the post office.
Now is the time, not only this time of year/season, All the time,is the time to call,share, love and laugh with those we love.

I hope I dont sound too sissy like, but I had to share this.
Merry Christmas, 2008 is going to be GREAT!!!
 

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Merry Christmas Lucia:hug:
 

Lucia Etch

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Merry Christmas Susie.
XxXx
 

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tears streaming down face!:cry:
 

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Thank you both for your posts.
Im feeling very choked up and on the verge of tears.
My precious son is 5 and he has Downs Syndrome. He is gorgeous and funny and handsome and sweet and everyone loves him. But how will they be when he is older and not a little cute 'baby'? It breaks my heart.

For everyone who shows kindness and acceptance to someone with disabilities I can never thank you enough, you can never know how a small gesture on your part means so much and gives so much to people and thier families:hug:
 

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poh gawd am sat bawling like a a good un, cant even type properly for tears xx
 

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My daughter was sent this by a friend and I think its good to pass this sort of thing on. I am as guilty as most peeps of getting focused on the material world and things like this remind me to be a bit more humble. Not a bad thing to be at any time of the year:hug:
 

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Thanks for sharing.
Such a touching story.
We do get so caught up in winning, or worrying about how the team will treat such a child if they 'lose' the game for them.
Sometimes if we just let the kids figure it out, we see the best result.
 

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That was lovely Susie..... it's nice to hear about people being good to each other for a change.
My son is called Shae too, which somehow made it all the more touching iykwim.

Happy Christmas everyone :hug:
 

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Thank goodness there has been so much reasearch on this and so many other disabilities.

Bless the beasts and the children
For in this world they have no voice
They have no choice
 

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