Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Terrific Thoughts
Em & Tony Shipley
Sun, 27 Jun 1999 11:41:54 -0500
What It Means to Be Adopted
Teacher Debbie Moon's first graders were discussing a picture of a
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 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
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
to think of encouragement for my Sarah, things I could say to her about
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
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!"
An Eye Witness Account from New York City, on a cold
day in December...
(Wishfully, this is the kind of thing that would happen
A little boy about 10 years old was standing before a
shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through
the window, and shivering with cold. A lady approached
the boy and said, "My little fellow, why are you looking so earnestly in
that window?" "I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes," was the
reply. The lady took him by the hand and went into the store and asked
clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if
could give her a basin of water and a towel.
He quickly brought them to her. She took the little fellow to the back
part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his
feet, and dried them with a towel. By this time the clerk had returned
with the socks. Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she purchased him a
pair of shoes. She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them
him. She patted him on the head and said, "No doubt, my little fellow,
feel more comfortable now?"
As she turned to go, the astonished lad caught her by the
hand, and looking up in her face, with tears his eyes,
answered the question with these words:
"Are you God's Wife?"
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people
the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics
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
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson