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Shane O'Hara, Sr.
techie, sports fan, father
techie, sports fan, father

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Love Betty White!

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h/t to +Petra Muchova - if you read the article, you'll get this!
I have read this post very carefully, so should you, dear Gplussers :o)

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          Two  Choices

What  would you do? make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there  isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same  choice?

At  a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning  disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that  would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school  and its

Dedicated staff, he offered a question:

'When not  interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done  with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other  children do. He cannot understand things as other children  do.

Where  is the natural order of things in my son?'

The  audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued.  'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically  disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human  nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that  child.'

Then he told the following story:

Shay and  I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing  baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' I knew that  most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as  a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play,  it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence  to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I  approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much)  if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're  losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can  be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth  inning..'

Shay struggled over to the team's bench and,  with a broad smile, put on a team shirt.. I watched with a small tear in  my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being  accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored  a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth  inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though  no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game  and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the  stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored  again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential  winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at  bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away  their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the  bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't  even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the  ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the

Plate,  the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside  for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in  softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came  and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few  steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch  came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to  the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

The  pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the  ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that  would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher  threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all  team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started  yelling, 'Shay, run to first!

Run to first!'

Never in his  life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

He  scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and  startled.

Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to  second!'

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second,  gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

By the time Shay  rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . The  smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero  for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman  for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too,  intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's  head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead  of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming,  'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'

Shay reached third  base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in  the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third!

Shay,  run to third!'

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both  teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run  home! Run home!'

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was  cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his  team

'That day', said the father softly with tears now  rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of  true love and humanity into this world'.

Shay didn't make  it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being  the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother  tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!


We all send thousands of jokes  through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to  sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.

The crude,  vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public  discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and  workplaces.

If  you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you're  probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the  'appropriate' ones to receive this type of message Well, the person who  sent you this believes that we all can make a  difference.

We  all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the  'natural order of things.'

So many seemingly trivial interactions  between two people present us with a choice:

Do we pass along a  little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities  and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

A  wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least  fortunate amongst them.

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Hahaha, this was great.....

I do think Chris Christie is setting himself up for a presidential run as well.

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This is a leader I would follow into battle and makes me want to be an Australian today.'s a thought..the US should be addressing sexual assault in OUR military in a similar fashion.  Great job, Lt. Gen Morrison!

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oh boy...December can't come soon enough!

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An FYI for all you Mainers....time to head over the border to New Hampshire again!

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