Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The innocence of children.....

makes me smile.

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. Some of the winners were:

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 just said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry.'

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Teacher Debbie Moon's first graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different hair color than the other members. One of her students suggested that he was adopted. A little girl said, 'I know all about adoption,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!'

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On my way home one day, I stopped to watch a 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.'

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Whenever I'm disappointed with my spot in life, I stop and think about little Jamie Scott. Jamie was trying out for a part in the 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.'

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An eye witness account from New York City, on a cold day in December, some years ago: 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 young boy and said,'My, but you're in such deep thought staring in that window!'

'I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,'was the boy's reply.

The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he 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 little feet, and dried them with the 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 to him. She patted him on the head and said, 'No doubt, you will be more comfortable now.'

As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her. 'Are you God's wife?'

That last one brought tears to my eyes....have a great day!! Chatty Kathy

9 comments:

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Wow, these are very powerful! Loved every one!

Hope you have a great day!

Shakerwood Primitives said...

How lovely!

Carmen C. said...

What a wonderful way to start the morning! Thanks for sharing these, loved every one:)

OleCrowsNestJournal_Nan said...

Very nice stories. Thank you for sharing them.

Tolentreasures said...

Great post! Nice way to start the day!

Cathy

Behind My Picket Fence said...

Those little people are very wise - and we'd be wise to listen to them. Thanks for sharing.

Juanita said...

Hey Kathy,
Sorry it has taken me so long to get back in touch but I wanted to let you know that the shop Primitive Treasures is in the Old Mill Area. I do not have an address but as soon as you go through the Old Mill Sign it is the 2nd left and it is in a shopping center on the left.There is also another one that is called Rebeccas Thyme and I did not have time to go through it but the addy is 1135 Wears valley Rd Pigeon Forge the # is 864-805-8305 Hope you have a great time and keep me in touch. By the way we need to get up with each other sometime! have a blessed day!
Juanita

cwa said...

Those are all such beautiful stories. I enjoyed all of them. Thank you for encouraging each of us with these beautiful thoughts. Blessings to you.

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Thanks for the reminder and encouraging stories.

Mary