Saturday Surprise — A Beautiful True Story

I had bookmarked the following post for next Wednesday’s ‘good people’ post, but last night it was on my mind, and I thought it would make a beautiful Saturday Surprise entry.  This is a wonderfully uplifting story, one of those that gives us a renewed sense of hope for humanity.  I think it’s a great way to start the weekend, and I think you’ll agree …

What would you do?…. You make 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 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?’

Please read the rest of Joseph Ravick’s post here…

24 thoughts on “Saturday Surprise — A Beautiful True Story

  1. What a beautiful story! Being kind, encouraging kindness and accepting the kindness of others maakes the world a better place

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  3. Thank you for a happy story, Jill. I am not going to answer the question you are asking, but I wiil confess to writing stories such as this, and changing the outcomes to give certain people hope when they most need it — or when I most need it. I am not judging this story one way or another, but I sometimes stretch the truth for honourable purposes.

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