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The Choice Is Yours

Updated on April 13, 2008

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I read this in a book my daughter gave me and since it was "author unknown" I felt it was ok to share it ...

A few years ago at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100 - yard dash. At the gun they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with the relish to run the race to the finish and win.

All, that is except one boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to cry. The other eight heard the boys cries and they all slowed down and paused. Then they all turned around and went to him....All of them...One little girl with Down's Syndrome bent down and giving him a kiss, told him "the kiss would make him feel better". The nine of them then linked their little arms together and walked to the finish line.

Every person in that stadium stood up, and cheered for 10 minutes, without stopping. :o)

Children are so wonderful and can show us how to be once again, sweet as a child....G-Ma :o) hugs


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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      yes funride...yes they do and we can and do learn from them...but we also teach them as they to be safe and the rules of living..Thank You sweetie for your comments. G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Ricardo Nunes 9 years ago from Portugal

      Beautiful lesson, if everyone cared for others as those eight children cared for their colleague the world would be much brighter and happy. Kids really know how things should be, the problem is when we grow up and loose our innocence. Everybody has so much to learn with youngsters. Thank you for spreading such good feelings, G-Ma.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Jenevieve...thank you sweetie,I am never sure about it though. G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Jenevieve 9 years ago

      Your stories are inspirational-as always. Thanks for sharing. Jenevieve