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back. We all know or knew someone like this!!
One day, when I was a
freshman in high school,
I saw a kid from my class
was walking home from school.
His name was Kyle.
It looked like he was
carrying all of his books.
I thought to myself, 'Why
would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday?
He must really be a nerd.'
I had quite a weekend
planned (parties and a football game with my friends
tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.
As I was walking, I saw a
bunch of kids running toward him.
They ran at him, knocking
all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed
in the dirt.
His glasses went flying, and
I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him.
He looked up and I saw this
terrible sadness in his eyes.
My heart went out to him.
So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around looking for
his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye.
As I handed him his glasses, I said, 'Those guys are jerks. They
really should get lives.'
He looked at me and said,
There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those
smiles that showed real gratitude.
I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he
lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him
why I had never seen him before.
He said he had gone to private school before now.
I would have never hung out with a private school kid
We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books.
He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he
wanted to play a little football with
He said yes.
We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the
more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.
Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack
of books again.
I stopped him and said, 'Boy, you are gonna really build
some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!
'He just laughed and handed
me half the books.
Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends..
When we were seniors we began to think about college.
Kyle decided on Georgetown and I was going to Duke.
I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would
never be a problem.
He was going to be a doctor and I was going for business on
a football scholarship.
Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the
time about being a nerd.
He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it
wasn't me having to get up there and speak .
Graduation day, I saw Kyle.. He looked great. He was one of
those guys that really found himself during high school. He
filled out and actually looked good in glasses.
He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him.
Boy, sometimes I was jealous! Today was one of those days.
I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I
smacked him on the back and said, 'Hey, big guy, you'll be
He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful
one) and smiled.
'Thanks,' he said.
As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began:
'Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it
through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your
siblings, maybe a coach...but mostly your friends...
I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone
is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a
I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the
story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill
himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned
out his locker so his Mom wouldn't have to do it later and
was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave
me a little smile.
'Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the
I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome,
popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his
Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful
Not until that moment did I realize it's depth.
Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one
small gesture you can change a person's life. For
better or for worse.
God puts us all in each others lives to impact one another
in some way.
Look for God in others.
You now have two choices, you can:
1) Pass this on to your friends or
2) Delete it and act like it
didn't touch your heart.
As you can see, I took choice number 1. 'Friends are angels
who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble
remembering how to fly.'
There is no beginning or end.. Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
It's National Friendship Week. Show your friends how much
you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND.
If it comes back to you, then you'll know you have a circle
WHEN YOU RECEIVE THIS LETTER, YOU'RE REQUESTED TO SEND IT TO
AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE PERSON WHO SENT
IT TO YOU.