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 him cry."
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."
A four-year-old was at the pediatrician for a check up. As the doctor looked down her ears
with an otoscope, he asked, "Do you think I'll find Big Bird in here?" The little girl stayed silent.
Next, the doctor took a tongue depressor and looked down her throat. He asked,
"Do you think I'll find the Cookie Monster down there?" Again, the little girl was silent.
Then the doctor put a stethoscope to her chest. As he listened to her heart beat, he asked,
"Do you think I'll hear Barney in there?"
"Oh, no!" the little girl replied.
"Jesus is in my heart. Barney's on my underpants."
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 is face,
"Why should we be discouraged? We haven't been up to bat yet."
Whenever I'm disappointed with in 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" 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!"
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