Monday, May 24, 2010

Reaching Out

There are so many forwards and stories going around on the internet, far too many in my opinion.  I must admit, I am a sucker and forward a few of these on myself.  However, I do try to discern between them. 
Today I got one in my email that I hit a nerve. Here's the story.

Come with me to a third grade classroom...... There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop. He knows when the other kids find out, he will never hear the end of it.
The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer, 'Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I'm dead meat.

He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.

As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Sally is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy's lap.

The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to hi mself, 'Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!'

Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Sally and whispers, "You did that on purpose, didn't you?" Sally whispers back, "I wet my pants once too.."

The moral of the story is there are opportunities all kinds of opportunities every day to help your fellow man.  It is up to you to act on them.

So, you may be wondering why I felt this particular email warranted being sent on. When I was in 2nd grade a little girl in my classroom had a similar occurance. The teacher asked her a question she didn't know the answer to and she got so frightened, she lost it. I came to her rescue, taking her to the nurse's office until her Mom could arrive. We became college roommates and are, to this day, lifelong friends...53 years later.

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