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let me start with all this political correctnes

fighting in the streets when our boys come home

having a Union Jack on your ride and getting bustted for it

read below shed a tear and forget

cheers toast

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 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?'

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.

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


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.

B y 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 FOOT NOTE 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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Stoke-on-Trent
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Well i read it all and yes totally agree. Still trying get rid of this lump in me throat........
 

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Rather than pass this on as an e-mail to friends I'm going to remember Shay by making him a character on my Wii. Then he can play baseball all day :ylsuper:
Was he right or left handed? :D
 

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Terry
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And thats what life is about, choices. Shay didn't have one he was born that way but for the fortunate rest of us I believe we can do a lot for others. Rather than turn your eyes away from someone who is disabled when you walk passed them look them in the eye and smile broadly. You may be the only person to do that to them that day and it will lift them up and make them feel good. A smile makes you feel good too. I know there are a lot of cynical people out there, well thats their choice and loss....amen.
 

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I hate crap this this.. I get it forwarded to me all the time by my boss and it drives me nuts with all the religious bull.

Note how it's changed since the original 8 years ago...

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

The boy doesn't die in the original. but now, to play on your heart-strings, he does... and you fell for it :)

What annoys me most are the instructions to "forward it on" - blah...
 

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to true ... there are to many people who dont even acknloage people with a disibility. and it's ALL WRONG .... afriend (gorden) cousin has like downsindrom but he still goes every were with my mate, i bumped in to them on the high street and said alright to my mate and also said hello to his cousin, he was over the moon some one even talked to him and joined in on the conversation, he didn't make much sense but thats not the point. he was involved and thats all that mattered to him........


some people.....sorry MOST people want to take a long had look in the mirror and wonder how they would like to be treat if the shoe was on the other foot.!


my peace
 

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Terry
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:iagree:
to true ... there are to many people who dont even acknloage people with a disibility. and it's ALL WRONG .... afriend (gorden) cousin has like downsindrom but he still goes every were with my mate, i bumped in to them on the high street and said alright to my mate and also said hello to his cousin, he was over the moon some one even talked to him and joined in on the conversation, he didn't make much sense but thats not the point. he was involved and thats all that mattered to him........


some people.....sorry MOST people want to take a long had look in the mirror and wonder how they would like to be treat if the shoe was on the other foot.!


my peace
 
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