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  1. #1
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    What would you do?

    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 co mes 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.< br>
    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 first20base.

    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 me 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 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,what will you do?:
    1. Delete
    2. Forward
    May your day, be a Shay Day.

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    sent it forward

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    Thumbs up Great story

    That was great to read and the end is so definitely true of most of us. I'll definitely forward to everything I can think of GREAT POST!!!!

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    I'm glad you two sent it on.

    But can't help but notice,at this time 280 views of this thread and two great people sent it on.

    Makes you think.

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    2 that you know of

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    Real or just a story?

    I hope that you knew Shay, or is this just a story?
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    I have seen this before, and passed it on.
    It is now coming back arround.
    I see stories and such pass through the internet about every 4 years.
    I agree that this may just be a story, but it does tug at ones heart strings.

    Chris
    Those who dance, appear insane to those who do not hear the music.
    Those who believe, appear ignorant to those who do not know God.

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    Special needs

    I have a friend who has a special needs son. He bowled in a special olympics tournament and won a " gold" medal. I was told that It was the best day of his life.
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    There are many storied like this out there. Some are made up and some are true. For the most part it doesn’t matter because it’s the moral of the story that counts. Treat others as you would have them treat you.
    Unfortunately bullying is far too common among kids. If you are different you are frequently made fun of or left out. True stories like this are far less common then we would like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DKPAT View Post
    There are many storied like this out there. Some are made up and some are true. For the most part it doesn’t matter because it’s the moral of the story that counts. Treat others as you would have them treat you.
    Unfortunately bullying is far too common among kids. If you are different you are frequently made fun of or left out. True stories like this are far less common then we would like.
    I'm 64 yrs so I'm from another generation than some but when I was growing up there was a kid "Billy" he was "Special" don't know what was wrong.. we used to "let" him get a hit once in a while. In pick up ball games we would put him in right field he could field a little but he only knew how to throw one way HARD and not very accurate.. and by the way did I mention He was strong as an ox. His mother and father treated him good they didn't "over protect" him. Last time I saw him was at an americian legion dance about 20 yrs ago... He looked to be fine still "special" but still blending in with the crowd. I always feel good when I think about how we treated "Billy" This post brought back memories..good ones.

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    I'll pass it on to my entire contact list. This story would soften even the hardest heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senior Tech View Post
    2 that you know of
    Yeah, you are correct.

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