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    Default Choices. We All Make Them

    and often make the wrong one.

    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

    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
    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

    The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

    The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards

    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

    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 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!

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    Default Re: Choices. We All Make Them

    Well done

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    Viejo del Foro Just Plain John Wayne's Avatar
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    Default Re: Choices. We All Make Them

    I cried on that one.... Couldn't help myself...

    Gone go eat Mondongo soup now in the dining room with my children after I collect myself a bit....

    Thanks for posting this...
    To be called a "Has Been" I must surmise, is much Greater than to be called a "Nevah Been"... JW...

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