-- Various unknown authors
The Most Caring Child
Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was
to find the most caring child. The winner was a four-year-old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap,
and just sat there. When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, "Nothing, I just helped
What It Means to Be Adopted
Teacher Debbie Moon's first graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different
color hair than the other family members. One child suggested that he was adopted and a little girl said, "I know all about adoptions because I was adopted." "What does it mean to be adopted?" asked another child. "It means," said the girl,
"that you grew in your mommy's heart instead of her tummy."
As I was driving home from work one day, I stopped to watch a local Little League baseball game that was being played
in a park near my home. As I sat down behind the bench on the first-base line, I asked one of the boys what the score was.
"We're behind 14 to nothing," he answered with a smile. "Really," I said. "I have to say you don't look very discouraged."
"Discouraged?" the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face. "Why should we be discouraged? We haven't been up to bat yet."
Roles And How We Play Them
Whenever I'm disappointed with my spot in my life, I stop and think about little Jamie Scott. Jamie was trying out for a part in
a school play. His mother told me that he'd set his heart on being in it, though she feared he would not be chosen. On the day
the parts were awarded, I went with her to collect him after school. Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and
excitement. "Guess what Mom," he shouted, and then said those words that will remain a lesson to me: "I've been
chosen to clap and cheer."
A Lesson In Heart
A lesson in "heart" is my little, 10-year-old daughter, Sarah, who was born with a muscle missing in her foot and wears a
brace all the time. She came home one beautiful spring day to tell me she had competed in "field day" - that's where they have
lots of races and other competitive events. Because of her leg support, my mind raced as I tried to think of encouragement
for my Sarah, things I could say to her about not letting this get her down -- but before I could get a word out, she said
"Daddy, I won two of the races!" I couldn't believe it! And then Sarah said, "I had an advantage." Ah. I knew it. I thought
she must have been given a head start... some kind of physical advantage. But again, before I could say anything, she said,
"Daddy, I didn't get a head start... My advantage was I had to try harder!"
-- Dr. Stanley Frager
Used by permission
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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