If only everyone cared this much.....

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Catgirl, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. Catgirl

    Catgirl New Member

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    This is quite a touching story, I hope you will all take the time to read it. My good friend passed it along to me in an e-mail.

    One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd."

    I had quite the weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running towards him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms anr tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes.

    My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses I said, "Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives." He looked at me and said, "Hey thanks!" There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.

    I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before.

    We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with me and my friends. He said yes. We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.

    Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, "Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!" He just laughed and handed me half the books.

    Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship.

    Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn't me having to get up there and speak. Graduation day, I saw Kyle.

    He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him. Boy, sometimes I was jealous. Today was one of those days.

    I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, "Hey, big guy, you'll be great!" He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful ones) and smiled. "Thanks", he said.

    As he started his speech, he cleared his throat and began. "Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach...but mostly your friends...I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story."

    I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn't have to do it later and was carrying all his stuff home.

    He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. "Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable." I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment.

    I saw his mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize it's depth. Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person's life....for better or for worse. God puts us all in each other's lives to impact one another in some way.

    "Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

    And today, on my birthday, I want to thank each and every one of you here on the BOC for the gift of your friendship. It truly is the best gift I could receive. I love you all :smile2:.

    Your BOC sis,
    Catgirl
     
  2. guns sugar

    guns sugar New Member

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    Ive got tears falling tanya.... a wonderful story and so true... and so true i love you like my own family....we all are family here and in this world... wish we all could just get along and love one another! Thank you Tanya for reminding me of the things that are most important in this life. :smile2:
     

  3. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    Happy birthday!:smile2:
     
  4. waterwalker

    waterwalker New Member

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    Thank you CatGirl...what a wonderful story.
     
  5. Taliesin

    Taliesin New Member

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    You would do this to me.

    :cry:
     
  6. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    Happy birthday Tanya!!! Thank you for the inspiration.:005: :009: :0010: :0a10:
     
  7. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    Thank you Sister for sharing, sure makes you stop and think!!!!!
     
  8. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    The story brings tears to my eyes.Thanks for sharing. "Actions Speak Louder Than Words" It makes me proud to say Happy Birthday to you and thanks for being a special BOC Sister. God Bless.:byebye:
     
  9. GoFish_Tony

    GoFish_Tony New Member

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    Thanks Tanya.

    {{{{{{{{ group hug }}}}}}}}

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  10. ersel

    ersel New Member

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    Thanks for sharing.
     
  11. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    Great Great story makes you stop and think how big some we think as small is to others you can never have to many friends:big_smile:
     
  12. cat tamer

    cat tamer New Member

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    Happy Birthday Tanya,
    Friendship is what life is all about !
    And the BOC is the perfect place to make new friends.
     
  13. Angelkitty

    Angelkitty New Member

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    Thanks for sharing that wonderful story Tanya. Yep, I got a tear in my eye. :too_sad:
     
  14. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    thank you for that insirational readyou are what we all need as a friend:too_sad:
     
  15. Pontoon

    Pontoon New Member

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    Tanya, I hope you had a wonderful Birthday filled with Friends, Family and Fun! I was sent the very same e-mail from a friend a while back and I have saved it to remind me of just how important frienship and kindness is to all of us.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
  16. Wabash River Bear

    Wabash River Bear New Member

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    Your story really makes ya think of what you do or say everyday, and dont think twice about. Thanks for sharing, and Happy B-Day !
     
  17. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. Good friends last a life time.
     
  18. catfishma

    catfishma New Member

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    that was very touching...thank you for sharing the story with us.. and happy b-day.... i hope i become a good friend to somebody that needs me and i hope i can make some good friends here on the boc....
     
  19. Wil

    Wil New Member

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    that brought a tear to my eye, theres a kid like that in my school and next time i see him im gonna help him out, weve already had two kids in our class pass away and i dont want a third