Tiny Tim and the TV: Special Needs Tale : HubNugget Winner

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Tiny Tim and the TV

Tiny Tim and the TV

I've worked with special education students all my life and have assisted all of them in achieving their goals. One popular project involved making a scrapbook with "The Things I Like" printed on the cover.

One day, Tiny Tim was showing me his scrapbook and kept mentioning how much he wanted a color television for his room. Everyone called him “Tiny” as he was around four and a half feet tall, give or take an inch. He was squeaky voiced, like a mouse, and was always bubbly and cheerful. And broadcast electric eyes that radiated excitement. Everyone loved him and there was not a bad bone in his body.

He had cut and pasted a number of televisions into his book, and this visualization of his dream was real, more than ever.

I asked him how he planned to purchase the television, and he replied with a blank look. I pointed out that black and white televisions were less expensive and he might have a better chance of saving enough money for one. I knew the orphaned young man lived in a community home and that a single television was shared by more than a dozen members of the household. I imagined that he lost every battle with his roommates when it came to selecting a channel and a program to view.

I was a realist, he was dreamer.

After much discussion, he made it clear that only a color television would be acceptable to him, although he had no plans for getting the money. If one were to pick a weak spot in his personality, it would be that once his mind was made up, that was the end of the discussion. Yep, he was dreaming.

A few weeks passed, and I asked him how his plans were going for purchasing the television. He replied that he had given up, since he could see no way to earn the large sum required. He wrung his hands and threw his head into his lap.”I dunno—I dunno,” he cried.

I asked him if he thought he could make a dollar a day. He rocked in his chair, as he so often did when upset. After a bit of deep thinking, he figured it out. He pointed to his head. “Goth, Mr. Jay—I mow lawn. Do ya think Tiny getta dolla?”

“Who’s lawn?”

“Neba—neba next door. Old man…need help.”

“Yep, I bet he would. What else could you do?”

“Tiny rake leaves,” Tiny wash neba car, too.”

“I bet you have many neighbors who could use your help—”

“And they would give Tiny a dolla?”

“Be sure to tell them why you want to be paid.”

“I do stuff for’m all da time. I never thought about ask’n for dolla.”

I told him that if he told all of his neighbors his plans for earning a television and offered to perform these tasks, he would soon have enough money for his goal. I also told him to open a bank account for the safekeeping of the money. I envisioned him going to his sock drawer one day and finding that someone had stolen his stash. It would be devastating. He seemed inspired, and we immediately determined that he needed $289.00 for the model he wanted.

“Gosh, Mr. Jay—you are smart!” He grabbed a red crayon and drew a circle around the picture. “This is gonna be Tiny one day!” He beamed and gave me a hug. “Thank you, Mr. Jay!”

From time to time I inquired how his project was going with his purchase of the TV. “Hey Tiny—why don’t you swat that fly that’s doing circle eights around your head?”

“Swat fly? No hurt, fly. Fly no hurt, Tiny.”

“OK, forget the fly.” I ran for the swatter. “How’s that TV coming along?”

“Tiny work’n on it.”

“Good—glad to hear it.”

The fly landed on his nose and he was looking cross eyed at it as though a jumbo jet had landed. I brushed it from his nose, gave it a swat, and stomped on it. “Tiny, one day I’ll show you how to swat a fly.

“Tiny, no hurt.”

Near the end of the school year, Tiny announced to the class that an important event had occurred. “Tiny got TV!”

I pretended disbelief and fell off my chair. One leg was a little short and it had always wobbled a bit. “What? No way!”

“Yeah.”He stood over me while I was flat on my back behind a desk. We were always playing around and he understood that I was faking it. It was not the first time.

“Color TV!” He proudly handed me the owner’s brochure that came with it. I figured he calculated that he needed proof; otherwise no one would believe such an incredible event had occurred. “You look funny, Mr. Jay.” Everyone was laughing while I laid on the floor looking up at him.

“Hmm…very nice.” I examined the photo.

“Wanna see my bankbook?”

“I think I hurt something. Help me up.”

“We help you. We all help Mr. Jay.” Finally I was back on my feet and he proudly handed me the bank book. I leafed through it and found page after page of one dollar deposits.

He beamed. “Tiny earn many dolla—many dolla!”

I turned to the last page and saw the $289.00 total and one withdrawal. A red stamp ran across the last entry.

“Account Closed.”

I pointed to the red ink. “You closed the account?”

“ Lady give Tiny money. I done.”

“Done? You might want to save up for something else."

“Mowa—Tiny want big mowa.” A sly grin crossed his face. “I mow big lawns—charge five dolla!” He clapped his hands in glee. “Maybe ten dolla—I get rich!”

“OK, Tiny—here’s what you gotta do. Go back to the bank and open up another account.”

“New account?”

“And next time simply ask for the money, but don’t close the account.”

“No close?”

“Nope—I have a feeling you are going to own the largest lawn care company in the city before you are ready to close up the account.”

“Goth! You are thmart, Mr. Jay!”

Need more be said? Probably not, however the “teacher” in me insists that I add the following lesson for my readers:

For Tiny, the earning of $289.00 was an impossible task, but earning $1.00 a day was a simple matter. He had learned the value of working with an achievable goal in order to realize his long range dream. The scrapbook provided the visualization necessary to inspire him. Whenever the task seemed too heavy a burden, I'm sure he turned to his scrapbook for the inspiration that drove him to accomplish one of the great goals of his lifetime.

Visualize your goals, set them down on paper. This takes the goal out of your mind and into the physical world where you can see it. On paper the goal may look like an impossible dream, but wait! You've completed two important steps in achieving an impossible dream. First, your brain was able to conceive an idea, and second, you brought your dream into the world of physical reality by writing it down.

OK—I’ll admit it. This isn’t brain surgery and this lesson was probably nothing new for you. Thanks for checking in with the ole man. See ya next time….

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Cindy Phillips 5 years ago

You must have been an incredible teacher. Your students were lucky and I bet they will remember Mr. Jay for a long time. Another beautiful piece, Reynold.


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Cindy Phillips 5 years ago

Much better ending on the edit. We can all have hope.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Yep. We are now officially a writng team. Thanks!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

What a wonderful story. And what a wonderful lesson to the rest of us. Voted up and beautiful.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Glad you enjoyed it. Try BEN another short short story that you may enjoy. Cindy Phillips came up with the better ending.

I'll check out your Hubs in a few minutes. Thank you for taking the time to write. IT is the comments that give me motivation to keep writing. RJ


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Thanks for this inspirational story, Mr. RJ. I'm sure, Tiny Tim is enjoying his colored TV and watching his favorite show. BTW, congratulations on your HubNugget nomination. :D


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

HubNugget? Am I in trouble? This sounds like a good thing, however, I am not sure. Hopefully it does not include the throwing of rocks! Someone, please send me a link so I can see what others are doing to me while I'm not looking. Please, no kicking an ole man when he is down. Thanks, Travel-Man 1971 for the comment and warning. RJ


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fetty 5 years ago from South Jersey

Reynold Jay please click on the forum page at the top of your home page and your will find the hubnugget article for this week. De Greek wrote this weeks article. It is on the right hand side of the top of the page. Your hub has been nominated for recognition as one of the best hubs in a particular area, entertainment. You can have your friends and family vote for you, as well. If you win the vote you can include this honor on your profile page, too. Best of luck. This was an enjoyable read.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Heck if I can find it, but thanks for the information. It's nice to know someone is reading my Hub articles. I did find the De Greek page and then I got lost! Someone will need to contact me in an email if I win anything. OR send me a link! I'm busy working on Lean Against the Wind ( novel) right now and it could be awhile before I write another article. RJ


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

An excellent story and I think you probably were an excellent teacher. Congratualtions on your nomination.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thanks for checking this out Pamela. Now time for me to check out your HUB! RJ


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Excellent, excellent hub. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful example of human resolve. Don't tell a child that something is impossible, that's for sure! I'm originally from Michigan and that is where my heart is-2 daughters and 4 grandkids whom I visit frequently. Welcome to hubpages and good luck with the nominations.


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wearing well 5 years ago from Lancashire U.K.

Mr.Jay,the advice you gave Tiny Tim was an inspiration for all of us and especially as we approach a New Year.Simplistic methods to achieve are always best for success and I am sure,that you will achieve it here at HubPages especially having shared an excellent and enjoyable story.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Denise, I'll read your Hub this morning. I've lived in Michigan all my life too. This is a beautiful state and I would not trade it for anything. RJ


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Wearing Well! It is often the simple things that are the secret to living well. I'll check out your Hub this morning. Thanks for searching out this Hub. RJ


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richtwf 5 years ago

A wonderful story with an excellent message about setting and achieving our goals in life.

Thanks for sharing and God bless!


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I bet that kid is half way to being a millionaire by now.

Thanks for the uplifting, and entertaining article.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Richtwf and Christopher, thanks for reading the story I understand this is a Hubnugget too. If you haven't voted for it, and think it deserves anything, please give it a vote. According to a letter I received,60,000 Hubbers are elgible to vote and so far about 10 people have bothered to read it since the nomination. I suspect that 2 or 3 votes would bag the win. All of a sudden, winning an award would be a nice post Christmas present. Yep, I'd bet Tim is wealthier than all of us of by now. RJ


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fetty 5 years ago from South Jersey

Here is this weeks current link to the Hubnugget contest. DeGreek wrote this hub : http://hubpages.com/hub/HubNugget-Welcome-to-Newco... But it is located on the forum page at the top write of the page as I stated earlier with DeGreek's title.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thanks, I'll work with the link and maybe get to see what is going on. RJ


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Pente 5 years ago from Planet Earth

Nice article on "The law of Attraction" in action.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Pente, Thanks for writing RJ


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Hi RJ,

Can't believe I missed this one. It's absolutely wonderful and I'm so glad it won a Hubnugget! That means you're officially one of the best new hubbers. Of course I knew that already (smile). Your stories are always so heartwarming and awesome.


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Johnny Parker 5 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

Great story and excellent lesson.

I save small change then when I get to £100 buy National Savings Bonds. Better than the Lottery you get to keep all your money but are still in for the million Pound draw every week.

It's amazing how a little accrues over a long time.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Gail, It is nice that the Hubbers do things like this as it certainly is encouraging. Your encouragement from day one has always been a big part of it and is most appreciated. I've dusted off an old manuscript from 20 years ago and found some real gems like this in there. I understand how to write a bit better now and am going to spend the next month or so turning it into a finished novel or novelette. Novels are a real wild card in the world of publishing, but I love doing it so that is what I'm going to do, regardless of publisher indifference.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Johnny, Thanks for the comment. I like your sailing articles too. Glad you took a moment to write. RJ


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

Very nice story that shows some real teaching expertise.

I was a sub teacher and often called for special ed classes, because not everyone would do it. I learned more from those students than any other.

Congratulations on your nomination.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Frank, Thanks for the support. Special ed is a calling much like a preacher is called to God. It is good you had the experience as I know how wonderful those students are. I hated to retire as I had new wonderful experiences for everyday for the full 33 years. RJ


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MPG Narratives 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

A beautiful story from a great teacher. Thanks for sharing your experience with with special ed, a very admiral teaching role. Congratulations on winning the hubnugget too. Good luck with your novel and glad to 'meet' you on hubpages.


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qwark 5 years ago

Rey:

Those who work in the field of "special education" are

special themselves!

When I'm around those kids, it tears my heart outa my chest!

I have so much respect for teachers in that field!

I'm too much of a "softy" to be able to do it.

Kudos to you!

I always read a "hub" by a new friend (follower).

Welcome aboard :):

Qwark


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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

Great story. I must read more of your stories. I have a special needs child (22) who has always given me alot of pleasure. Its great when they do so well.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thanks for the comment. Yes, Special needs individuals are a true joy. RJ


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Leslie Jo Barra 5 years ago

What a great story. Wonderfully written and great meaning.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thanks Leslie for stopping in. RJ


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v_kahleranderson 5 years ago from San Jose, California

That you are there, RJ, for these people is wonderful! That you open your mind and heart to them is a special gift.

God bless,


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi V, Thanks for reading this and the comment. Always appreciated. RJ


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

I enjoyed this one as well. Good story. dw


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

In short, I loved it. The longer comment is that I have always taken the stance that while there are students with special needs, they generally have special gifts. Tim's appears to have been the conviction that dreams can in fact become reality, with a little push from someone who was willing to offer a little pragmatic advice and a lot of hope. Well done, truly. Can't wait to read more. And thanks for reading and commenting, and for bringing me here. You follow, I'll follow, and we'll all end up somewhere great! :)


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Motown2Chitown. Thanks for stopping by and comment. Glad you enjoyed it.. RJ


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I think for the first time in my life I am speechless! Bravo! Tim reminds me of a little boy who went to school with my daughter through 8th grade at a catholic school. He loved my girl so much that on the last day of school - he gave her a picture - he used finger paint to make a print of his palm for her and wrote I love you. Priceless!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

You've got a short story to write now. USe lots of cute dialog and you'll have a winner. !!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I'm going to learn from a true teacher and go dollar by dollar;)


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Nice story ....very well written.....congrats on you hub nuggett.....voted up


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Real Housewife... I'll let Tiny answer this one. "Yep! a dolla at a time and you get a TV real thoon! Maybe a vacuum cleaner for you, then?"

Congerson, Thanks for check'n this out and the comment. Tiny says, "Thankth Congerthon!!!! RJ


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well put:)!


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silentsapphire 5 years ago

Great Hubs and inspiring story. Keep the good work going.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tim looked over your Saloon HUB and will take this one." Hi Thapphire! I like your idea betta cause you can't mow a lawn when it ith thnow'n! Mither Jay sayth I can practith on him, but he don't got hair! I gotta think about it all. Thankth for read'n 'bout me."


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uniquewriter 5 years ago from London.UK

Great story. Well told and you engage the readers with the characters.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tiny wanted this one. "Hath Brenda got thithter? Maybe one that likth thort guyth...like me? I not tall dark and handthome though. Jutht kid'n. I thomhow know that you and Brenda are gonna do good thtuff. Thee is good church gal. I go church ...maybe I find girl there.Oh, you good writer. Thom day I write thumpthing about me and a girl I love. I gotta go find girl now. Bye."


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Excellent story and very well told!

Voted up and awesome.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Big Jim wanted this one." Hi Will Starr! Mr. Jay read us your "Empire" story and we all like it a big bunch. Your photo looks real good too. You look a lot like Cheney Carson, my hero! We hope the good guys win!"


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

You're reading it to your class?

How cool is that!

Tell them hi from Uncle Will


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U Neek 5 years ago from Georgia, USA

I love, love, love this! It may seem simple to save for a goal but my daughter is like Tiny in that the amount needed overwhelms her to the fact that she can do it a little at a time. I can see that you were/are a fun teacher and will be looking for more of your lessons! Voted up and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!!!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

U Neek...Nice play with letters! Maybe I can get your daughter and Tiny together for a picnic.( joking) If you have time, see "Tiny asks a question" and Tiny is fielding the comments there. RJ


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lanijo 5 years ago from Kentucky

Wow! What a great story Thanks for that. Yes people may know these things, but you really make the journey worth it.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tiny finished his lunch and wanted to say, " Hi Ianojo! Mither Jay told me about your pain in your back and I hope you do better. You look a little like my mom. Thee gone now and I move to new houth, but I gotta TV! Arch' thay one day I can thee her in heaven and thing her a thong. You may like the Ben thtory. He in heaven with my mom. Keep thmil'n like in your pithure."


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DREAM ON 5 years ago

What an inspiration and you helped him along.There are teachers that teach and there are teachers that let the students learn by teaching themselves with the teachers guidance.You are wonderful at both.Have a great day!!!!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tiny says, "Yep, Everyone here loveth there teacherth. They thow uth the way!"


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resspenser 5 years ago from South Carolina

I enjoyed the hub. I have a special needs step-son and can easily imagine the joy you helped this young man achieve. Great job.... on the hub too!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tiny wanted this one. " I bet your thon ith a great guy. I heard you met Mickey thpillane too. Ith he a tough guy like in hith bookth?


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resspenser 5 years ago from South Carolina

The first time I met him was at his home in Murrels Inlet. He was filling out a the back of a Frosted Flakes box for some sort of prize! He did not appear as a tough guy then, for sure. The picture from my profile was made with him at a conference in Myrtle Beach when he was a few years older, not quite as sharp. Still seemed a nice guy.


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mkrandhawa 5 years ago from India

really You are a great hub writer i am your fan.


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mkrandhawa 5 years ago from India

really You are a great hub writer i am your fan.excellent story


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thanks for stopping by. You are doing well with HUBS too. I just checked out your Hubs. Nice photos too. Rj


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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

Wonderful stuff, Reynold Jay. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thank you Alocsin! Coming from a "Heavy Hitter" like you means a lot too!


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camsolivia 5 years ago from Planet Earth

Beautiful! Thanks for the nudge (grin).


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tim wanted this one. " Hi Camtholvia-- I like your tool box for women. I a guy, but I know how to uthe motht of da toolth too. I uthe a plierth on my mowa all the time!"


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Snurre 5 years ago

Good story and I guess we all should learn from it. But most of all it made me think that there are so many people with special needs and nobody to help them figure out how to achieve their goal. I guess we as a society will have to keep working on it.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Snurre- Yes you are correct. And this is one of my motivations for writing these HUBS and novels.... You might enjoy my recent HUB that tackles exactly what you describe here. More adventures with Tiny and Big Jim that will touch your heart--

http://hubpages.com/literature/Razzle-Dazzle-Part-...


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JohnnyZenigame 5 years ago from ...in the dark corners of the night; where truth sleeps.

You were right, I did enjoy this.

Sometimes the simplest lessons are the hardest one's to fully grasp.


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

I really enjoyed this story, RJ. I work with special needs kids, so it really warmed my heart. You did a beautiful job telling it. Voted up and awesome!


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ndasika 5 years ago from NAIROBI

Hi, this is great work, continue working with kids with special needs and writting great hubs too. Thanks for sharing this.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thank you Johnny, Exoctic, and Ndasika for taking a peek into my life and HUBS.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Razzle-Dazzle-Part-1-Speci


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HappyGoBecky 5 years ago from South Fla

I love this story. I found it to not only be interesting, but also inspirational. We need more people in this world to be positive roll models and to have the patience to uplift and educate! I voted 1 up and interesting! :)


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cajunrooster 5 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

Stories like this really make me happy. They are just so positive and uplifting. Keep them coming!!


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moncrieff 5 years ago from New York, NY

Spot on. It's a story of determination. If one has goals... I don't think I have goals: absolute nihil. I don't know if it's good or bad. I shall wait and see. Thank you for your story and work!


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saif113sb 5 years ago

very very nice and great information hub. thanks


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tere09 5 years ago

this made me pop a tear out! no lie why b/c i was a special education student people like you are awesome! i only had one teacher in my whole school year in high school that believed in me and thanks to her i finished high school!


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jm72writes 5 years ago from Missouri

Awesome story! Great way to teach an old truth in a fresh, new way.


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Etherealenigma 5 years ago from Florida

That was an interesting and unique story. I'm impressed with the simplicity but also the lesson there. Excellent. I twitted it.


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baterije 5 years ago from Slovenija

Nice story to boost my morale. Keep on ! Thanks for youre contrib :)


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thank you everyone above. HUB had not been informing me that all these comments were forthcoming and that is the reason there was no respoonse! If any of you want that free review copy of Lean agasint the Wind, write me at Reynoldjay@att.net and Ill get an ebook to you.

Tiny wrote a song about politics and RJ warbles! Get ready to laugh!

http://hubpages.com/politics/Politickn-by-Reynold-...


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Al Bacon 5 years ago from Fraser, Michigan

Good story because although we know this back in the back of our minds, to save for what we want later rather than spending now, we can use a reminder now and then.


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

A very beautiful story from a great teacher! :)


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Debduzthat 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

Beautiful story...thank you so much for your words of inspiration...I now follow you...thank you for finding me first! Deb


leahmia09 5 years ago

Voted up awesome interesting and useful!


Dr. Griz 5 years ago

Great words to live by and a great writing style. I am writing my first novel... a step at a time. Keep up the good work! Voted up.


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Thesportsbuff 5 years ago

Just a great story, loved reading it!


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ethane 5 years ago from Richmond, Va

This is a very inspirational hub. Tiny sounds alot like me when i had no direction. All it takes is passion and a plan to implement. Keep up the great hubs.


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aaditysony 5 years ago from Raya Mathura

Hey its really very well written and inspirational , i loved it


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lastgunslinger 5 years ago from Virginia

Very inspiring. Great post.

Still trying to imagine what having black and white TV's was like. Nope. Can't do it.


Susan 5 years ago

What a wonderful story - thank you for sharing - lists do work

thanks

Susan


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Wow--great comments from everyone! Hubs did not inform me all these comments were pouring in so I gotta catch up today. It's a simple story and glad that everyone took a moment from their busy day to give my humble HUB your time and the great comments.


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

A writer's talent is best utilised when a message can be read and understood by it, you sir have achieved that purpose.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tiny wanted this one. " Hi Qudthia! Mither Jay read thome of you poemth to me. I like. They make me happy. You look pretty to Tiny."


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Marsha H 5 years ago from My Retro Kitchen in NY

I'll admit, when I read your title, I was thinking of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips!"

I'm glad I read on... what a heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

"Hi Martha! I gotta mow around the flowerth when I do the neighborth lawn. He got mad when I ran over them latht week. I thaw that other guy and he'th crazy!"


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PAPA-BEAR 5 years ago from London England UK

Great read,all big dreams start from a small beginning, sometimes we all miss that little seed.


popaholic 5 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this with me!


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nasseralabdali 5 years ago from Saudi Arabia

It's so interesting and beautifully shaped! I like it, and voted "up, useful, and awesom" for it tells how to have a goal acheived no matter how much time it takes. surely, visualizing is the best cut-short method for making dreams become true and touchable in reality. I would like to thank you again Mr. Jay for this amazing piece of writing!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tiny says, "Thank you guyth for read'n my thtory! Gotta go and wath mitheth Vern'th car now."


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zanaworld 5 years ago from Bangalore

Oh dear... RJ...

this one is wonderful reading. thanks to your comments @ my hub in which you left link to this hub.

I am glad, i followed the link to get treated to a wonder hubpage. Great job RJ. And count me as another fan of yours!


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jddewitt 5 years ago from Fenton, Missouri

I am new to the hub and I will say that if I keep coming across pieces like this, I will be here for a while. Really a satisfying rewarding story. Thank you for your comment on my Hub RJ. Back to trying to figure all of this out and writing more hubs. :P


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Plan to have a lot fun with HUBS. You will find good friends here. We all support one another in our writing and personal problems that seem to crop up all over the place.


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greenshellmussel 5 years ago

Great story Reynold Jay, I really enjoyed it and it's very inspirational too. It means for me that you don't have to eat the whole cake. Eat a slice a day and you will enjoy the satisfaction of having eaten it. Instead of a tummy ache.

Thanks again Teacher.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tim wanted this one. " Hi greenthellmuthel! Not thure what a muthel ith but it muth be okay to be one. I wath thick when I wath younger and that ith why I am a little guy. Maybe if I had thume of the muthel food I would be more like Big Jim. To gotta think about muthelth now. Bye!"


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

i very much enjoyed this story. and your lesson is very practical to. we are facing the closure of our post offices, which for us is a very serious thing. i went to a friend for advice and he outlined a plan for me. when taken as a whole the plan was a bit daunting. but it started with writing a letter. that i knew i could do. so i blocked out the rest of the plan and just focused on that first step. when that is finished, i will look at the next step, then the next. i can do this in steps. it isnt scary or overwhelming when i take it on like that. in this i can sympathize with tiny tim.

great hub. voted up and across...and u have a new follower.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tiny wanted this one. "Hi Timgaa70! I not thure what your name meanth. Mither Jay played "I Believe" for uth in clath and we all like it. Jon thinkth he can thing it for uthtoo. Big Jim down to two hundred forty poundth and he thaid he did it one pound at a time, jutht like you with the big plan that you talk about. He wanna be like Cheney Carson who weigh only one eighty. Thank you for tak'n time to to to me!"


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Judi Bee 5 years ago from UK

Inspiring story - enjoyed it very much. I am myself the clone of a 13 year old autistic boy (or so he tells me!) who has difficulty believing he can achieve much, so I shall be sharing with him too.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tiny says, "Hi, Judi Bee. Mither Jay teach uth to walk and run around all the time. We all wait for the leaves to fall on the ground tho he can thow uth how to do it right. Right now he thow uth how to wath windowth and replace ceiling tileth. I get mowa too. I save money for it. I hope you run and walk too. It good for you!"


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

You guys work quite well together. That is great. Well written friend. You are quite impressive in your knowledge and skills. Seems like you stayed on due course toward your dreams and aspirations. Congrats on all your success.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tim says. "Hi, Mither Lyric! We all like Mither Jay too."


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brages07 5 years ago from South Royalton, VT

Fantastic story, Reynold. People often forget about the little successes of each day. Something that can seem small can make a huge difference to someone.


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TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

What a cool story!

Reminds me a bit of how I got my 1st camera!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tim wanted this one. " Hi brageth o Theven and Tea Party! I take it one day at a time now. I like camerth too and I gotta save up for one."


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clara kish@yahoo. 5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

Reynold Jay, I really enjoyed this hub I will be watching for more of them It is nice trying to teach the children to do things for themselves and with help to show them how to do it I will be watching for more of your hubs


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tiny wanted this one. " Hi Clara. I learn good. I good boy and lithen to Mither Jay. He help me get TV! Come by anytime. More thorieth are here to read about me and Big Jim. Arch' too."


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clara kish@yahoo. 5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

Tiny, I'll be back to read more of your stories.Have a good day with your TV and friends,clara


saisarannaga 4 years ago from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India.

Really I have no words to express my appreciation. You have shown me, what is creative writing is! Also I learned a big lesson in starting a task and moving step by step. Hats off to you. Thank you for the buffet!


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

I liked that story,though it was a let-down to learn it was a story and not a true anecdote. The opening makes it sound like it really happened. It is well written. I shared it on Twitter and Facebook and clicked all the feedback positive choices.


reynold jay 4 years ago

This is a factual story. I write in a fiction mode now and that may give it a fiction feeling. Another entitled, BEN is a similar factual story. Another good short read is "A Hundred Bucks." I'd bet you would love all of them.


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Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Saisarannaga...Tiny wanted this one. "Hi thaitarannga! Goth I hope I got yore name right! Mr. Jay read uth your lateth chapter in your thtory and we all liked it a big bunch!"


saisarannaga 4 years ago from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India.

Oh how nice to hear this from Tiny Tim. Thank you Tiny Tim!


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clara kish@yahoo. 4 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

Hi Tiny Tim , it is good to know that you got your TV set and your mower. It just goes to show what can be accomplished when you think there is no way it can happen.You had a wonderful teacher to help you . We all hope you have a wonderful life .Clara


reynold jay 4 years ago

Tiny says, Hi Clara! Thank you for reading my thtory! I made a Chrithmath card for mither Jay with angelth. I gonna give it to him tomorrow. One day we all meet in heaven. You too."


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Rhythmz 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Wow sometimes we forget the simplicity in achieving our dreams. Rather than focusing on the hard task ahead, all we should do is visualize it, write it down, and take it step by step. Very inspiring!


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Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tiny says, "Hi ya Rythmz! Mither Jay says we all gotta get in shape, just like you. It ith a lotta work mow'n and wath'n carth to make money. I'm excercith'n and eat'n betta now that I know it ith important! Keep the Hubth on health a com'n!"


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Stayathomejobs 4 years ago from NC

Nice story - quite entertaining .. keep up the good work!


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Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thanks for the comment. Looked over your HUBS and all look great. RJ


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jenntyl99 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

This is absolutely wonderful! Your hug is engaging and entertaining. I can relate to this in so many ways, as many of my students have unrealistic goals in life and like you, I try to teach them to create realistic goals and work toward them. Thanks so much for recommending this hub. I cannot wait to read more of your stories.


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Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tiny says, "You good teacher too. Mither jay like you too."


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VTYEAR 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Inspiring indeed. Thank you for sharing the stotry


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Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thank you for the comment. It is alwasy nice to know someone is interested in a HUB.


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clara kish@yahoo. 3 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

With all of the comments here I don't know if there is even room for one more but I want to say that I really enjoyed this Hub both times that I read it . I hope there will be more coming. Clara

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