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    > > Don't look for a punch line. There isn't one. Read it anyway.
    > >
    > >
    > > My question to all of you is: Would you have made the same choice?
    > > At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled
    > children,
    > > 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 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 his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew
    > > were playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?"
    > > Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like
    Shay
    > on
    > > their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed
    to
    > > play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging.
    > >
    > > Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if
    > > Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and, getting none,
    he
    > > took matters into his own hands 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."
    > >
    > > 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 outfield. 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 his father 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, 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 cause
    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 moved in a few
    > > steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to 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 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 took
    > the
    > > ball and turned and threw the ball on a high arc to right field, far
    > beyond
    > > the reach of the first baseman.
    > > Everyone started yelling," Shay, run to first! Run to first!"
    > > Never in his life had Shay ever made it to first base. He scampered down
    > the
    > > baseline, wide-eyed and startled; Everyone
    > > yelled, "Run to second, run to second!"
    > > By the time Shay rounded first base, the right fielder had the ball he
    > > could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he
    > > understood the pitcher's intentions and intentionally threw the ball
    high
    > > and
    > > far over the third-baseman's head.
    > > Shay ran toward second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously
    > circled
    > > the bases
    > > toward home.
    > > Shay reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to him,
    > > turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third!"
    > > As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams were screaming, "Shay,
    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."

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