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    Default shay day (off another forum)

    Doing the rounds now but worth a read...

    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 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 (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 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'.

    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 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. Delete
    2.. Forward
    May your day, be a Shay Day.

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    That certainly put a lump in my throat.

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    I know what you mean Alex me too !!!!!!!

    Back in a V6 !!!!!!!!!!!! And lovin it !!!

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    In all serious I can totally relate to that for very personal reasons. Truly got tears in my eyes. I need to go outside for a minute...

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    ditto........very touching

    good thing to share

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    There's a new term for these type of stories now...Glurges! Might find this article interesting, sure to be a talking point!

    http://www.snopes.com/glurge/chush.asp

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    interesting, there is always a flipside, i like the way the guy on snopes puts across his point.

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    Nothing more to add really, certainly made this stupid grown man shed a tear

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