An AC boarder friend, with a great big heart, whom I have only met once, (GREAT PARTY AT CARIBE ISLAND
by the way, hehe little plug) sent this in an e-mail to me... and I had to pass it along!
It totally hits home with our family! Oh mon.. I cried like a baby with joy as did the Anne Child, and Dan!
Thank you dear friend!
I hope you all enjoy and make this stuff happen...
This puts life into perspective!
At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled
children, the father of one of the school's students delivered a speech
never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and
its dedicated staff, he offered a question.
"Everything God 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 God's plan reflected in my son?"
The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. "I
believe," the father answered, "that when God brings a child like Shay into
world, an opportunity to realize the Divine Plan presents itself. And it
in the way 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 will let me play?" Shay's father knew that most boys would
not want him on their team. But the father understood that if his son were
allowed to play it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging.
Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay
could play. The boy looked around for guidance from his teammates.
Getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said, "We are
losing by six runs, and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be
team and we'll try to put him up to bat in the ninth inning." In the
bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still
At the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the
outfield. Although no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just
to be 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
Now, with two outs and bases loaded, the potential winning run was on
base. Shay was scheduled to be the next at-bat.
Would the team actually let Shay bat at this juncture 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 moved 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 toward Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a
ground ball to the pitcher. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and
could easily have thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have
been out and that would have ended the game.
Instead, the pitcher took the ball and threw it on a high arc to right
field, far beyond reach of the first baseman. Everyone started yelling,
"Shay, run to first. Run to first." Never in his life had Shay ever made
it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.
Everyone yelled "Run to second, run to second!" By the time Shay was
rounding first base, the right fielder had the ball. He could have
thrown the ball to the second baseman for a tag. But the right fielder
understood what the pitcher's intentions had been, so he threw the ball
high and far over the third baseman's head. Shay ran toward second base as
the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases toward home.
As Shay reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to him, turned
him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third!" As Shay
rounded third, the boys from both teams were screaming, "Shay! Run home!"
ran home, stepped on home plate and was cheer! ed as the hero, for hitting
"grand slam" and winning 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 the Divine Plan into
And now, a footnote to the story. We all send thousands of jokes through
e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages
regarding life choices, people think twice about sharing. The crude,
vulgar, and sometimes the obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but
discussion of decency is too often suppressed in school and the