Two Choices

Two Choices

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    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 to all of 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

    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

    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

    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

    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!

    I just thought that some of you here might like this.

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