What A Message

By Edie Latest Reply 2008-12-30 21:20:14 -0600
Started 2008-12-28 11:23:32 -0600

Let's see if you send it back. We all know or knew someone like this!!One day, when I was a freshman in high school,I saw a kid from my class was 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 a 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 toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt.His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from himHe looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye.As I handed him his glasses, I said, 'Those guys are jerks. 'They really should get l! ives.' 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 ha d 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 my friendsHe 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 wer! e seniors we began to think about college.Kyle decided on Georgetown a nd 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 speakGraduation 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 one) 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 thro! ugh 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 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 o! thers lives to impact one another in some way.Look for God in others.Y ou now have two choices, you can:1) Pass this on to your friends or 2) Delete it and act like it didn't touch your heart.As you can see, I took choice number 1.'Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.'There is no beginning or end.. Yesterday is history.Tomorrow is a mystery.Today is a gift.It's National Friendship Week. Show your friends how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND. If it comes back to you, then you'll know you have a circle of friends.

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Edie 2008-12-30 21:04:29 -0600 Report

When my Neice first sent it to me it reminded me of a similar time in my own life and I remember the person that has kept me from going there at least 3 times since meeting him. After we had children they kept me from doing something stupid and the fact that if I did do it a Drunk would be rasing my children with their Father and I kept telling myself no Drunk is rasing my kids. Now they are all grown and I have met alot of really good people here and I wouldn't change my life now for anything.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-30 21:20:14 -0600 Report

Wow! Amazing. Another testimony to what we are capable of doing for someone even when we might not realize it. God truly does work in mysterious ways. I'm so glad this turned out so well for you, Edie.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-30 10:24:13 -0600 Report

This is a good lesson for us all. We never know what we might do that will have an impact on someone that we don't even know and might not ever meet. Thanks for posting it.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-29 21:13:40 -0600 Report

I've seen this before as well, but the lesson to be found here is so worth sharing and repeating. We can never look at someone or hear their voice on the phone and have any idea of what they're experiencing in their lives. You may never know the impact you have had on someone whose path you've crossed. Really makes you stop and think, doesn't it? I try very hard to keep that in mind as I go about my life.

GabbyPA 2008-12-28 13:13:23 -0600 Report

This is alot like what we are here. Many of us have few friends and I know that there are some here who steer me in the right direction. Encouragement comes from so many of you to keep on doing the right things, to take care of myself and press on. I didn't come from the depth of dispare as Kyle, but in dark moments, it is easy to forget that people out there can be kind and caring.
What a difference a kind word can make. So simple and easy to do, and yet so profound.

2008-12-29 22:10:38 -0600 Report

OK Gabby that's it, I'm cracking the whip now… LOL get busy woman!! I hope I've touched your life in a positive way because when I come to Florida to move in with you (to escape the snow in Wisconsin) we'll need to get a long I think… heehee..


GabbyPA 2008-12-30 07:38:09 -0600 Report

You are definitely one of my whip crackin' friends JP. Yes, we don't have a spare room, but you can push the dogs off the couch! LOL. Edie wants to come visit too...we can have a party.

2008-12-28 12:29:46 -0600 Report

I have heard this story before and I get chills every time I read it. A person never knows what they think is a small trival gesture they do for someone else may mean to that person. A lesson well learned. Thanks for posting it as a reminder to us all!!!!

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-28 11:36:35 -0600 Report

Edie, I can't seem to get rid of all the goose bumps I got reading this. The ending was not the one I expected, but really inspiring. That a feeling I get when I know I did something for someone and it will impact the rest of their life. Thank you so much for sharing…

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