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28th-Feb-2003 01:28 pm

1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz.
I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until
I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the
school?" Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman
several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know
her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just
before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count
toward our quiz grade. "Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you
will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention
and care, even if all you do is smile and say 'hello'. I've never forgotten
that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

2 - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11.30 p.m., an older African American woman was
standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm.
Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she
decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her,
generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to
safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab. She seemed to
be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him.
Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his
surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was
attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway
the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my
spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my
dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for
helping me and unselfishly serving others."
Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 -year-old
boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a
glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand
out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain
dish of ice cream?" he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table
and the waitress was growing impatient. "Thirty-five cents," she brusquely
replied. The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have the plain ice
cream," he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table
and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and
left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table.
There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five
pennies. You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have
enough left to leave her a tip.

4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he
hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some
of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked
around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but
none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon
approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the
stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally
succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he
noticed a purse laying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse
contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was
for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant
learned what many of us never understand! Every obstacle presents an
opportunity to improve our condition.

5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts.

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to
know a little named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious
disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a transfusion from
her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease
and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor
explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he
would be willing to give his to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only
a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it
will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his
sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek.
Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the
doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away"? Being
young the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going
to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.
28th-Feb-2003 10:43 am (UTC)
The last one made me cry...
28th-Feb-2003 11:21 am (UTC) - ::SNIFF::
Me too...
1st-Mar-2003 03:56 am (UTC) - Mrs. Nat King Cole
You're gonna hate me for this...

I don't want to ruin a good story, and the story about Mrs. Cole really does support the point that doing nice things for others has it's rewards. But I'm sad to say that it's not true. :o(


I know, I'm a buzzkill...but I have supplied a replacement story from heroicstories.com.


HeroicStories #386: 24 February 2003 www.HeroicStories.com

From Stranger to Neighbor Story Editor:
by Russ Mulcahy Joyce Schowalter
Florida, USA

In late fall, 2002, I worked for a few weeks renovating our whole
house inside. One weekend in October I was working on getting the
bathroom ready for the tile to be installed. As I put up the
perma-board, I realized I was a sheet short and would need to purchase
another one.

My wife and son and I got into our truck and headed for the store.
When we entered and arrived at the building department, I explained to
a sales person that I needed one sheet of perma-board cut to size. I
told him that when I had taken the original three pieces home I was also
purchasing eight two by fours. Because perma-board is very stiff, I had
used the two by fours to support the perma-board so it wouldn't crack
into pieces hanging out of my truck on the way home.

The sales person simply said that they didn't cut this board. My wife
and I asked to talk to the manager as we had no other way to get this
board home but to use our truck. While we waited, my 5-year-old son
needed to use the rest room. I left my wife with the measurements for
the cuts, and went off to find the rest room. When I returned, my wife
said that the manager had replied that he would not cut the board

However, while my wife was waiting for my son and I, she had struck
up a conversation with a couple on line waiting to pay for their
purchase. The husband offered to cut the board for me if I brought it to
his house. I explained that I could cut the board at home -- the problem
was I could not fit the board in my truck without a good portion of it
hanging out. With the board partly out of the truck, it would crack up
from bouncing on the way home and be of no use.

The husband told me he would do the neighborly thing and put the
board in his truck which was larger than mine and would carry it safely.

So I helped him load everything into his truck. Then he followed me
to my house and helped me carry the board into my garage. I offered him
$10.00 for his trouble a few times, but each time he declined it, saying
this was his good deed for the week.

In dealing with people who don't care, which seems to be much too
frequently these days, we forget that there still are kind people
willing to go out of their way to help a stranger. I am grateful to this
man who was so willing to help us -- for no other reason than to do the
neighborly thing.


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