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The Shoes

BTLifesMoments1-300x76Sometimes a small, a very small, gesture on our part can be perceived as a gift of great proportion to the one receiving it. As this short and simple story shows, a moment in time and a gesture of concern and kindness can offer encouragement and hope, often when it is most needed.

 

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The Scene:

Early 1900s

It’s a cold and blustery December day in New York City

 

coldA young boy was standing in front of a shoe store, barefooted, peering into the window. He was shivering with cold as a lady approached him from the street.

“Young man, what are looking at so intently in that store window?”

“I was just asking God for a pair of shoes,” the lad replied.

She smiled and reached for his hand. As she led him into the store, she asked the clerk for several pairs of socks for the boy. Then she requested a basin of water and a towel.

shoesThe lady took the boy to the back of the store, and, removing her gloves, knelt down and washed his feet, then dried them with the towel. She then put some new woolen socks on the boy’s feet and purchased for him a new pair of shoes.

As a finishing gesture, the lady tied up the remaining pairs of socks and handed the bundle to the youngster.

Gently touching him on the head, she exclaimed, “No doubt, my little fellow, you are more comfortable now.”

As she turned to leave the boy reached for her hand. As tears filled his eyes, he gazed into her face and asked a question that tugged on her heart:

“ARE YOU GOD’S WIFE?”

 

January 11, 2018 Posted by | adversity, courage, Educators, family, Healthy living, Human Interest, Inspirational, Resilience, Special Occasions, Stress | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Shoes (Christmas, 2010)

I’m not sure where I came across this story, but it touched my heart. I’ll bet it will touch your heart also. It would be interesting, indeed, to play this story out over the years in order to see the potential long-term impact of a random act of kindness.

Have a blessed Christmas, 2010. –JDS

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THE SHOES: (The Scene: A very cold and blustery December day in New York City.)

A young boy was standing in front of a shoe store, barefooted, peering into the window. He was shivering with cold as a lady approached him.

“Young man, what are you looking at so intently in that window?”

“I was asking God for a pair of shoes,” the lad answered her.

She smiled and reached for his hand. As she led him into the store, she asked the clerk for several pairs of socks for the boy. Then she requested a basin of water and a towel.

The lady took the boy to the back of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down and washed his feet and dried them with the towel. She then put some new woolen socks on his feet and purchased for him a new pair of shoes.

As a finishing gesture, the lady tied up the remaining pairs of socks and handed the bundle to the youngster.

Gently touching him on the head she exclaimed, “No doubt, my little fellow, you are more comfortable now.”

As she turned to leave, the boy reached for her hand. As tears filled his eyes he gazed into her face and asked a question that tugged on her heart:

“ARE YOU GOD’S WIFE?”

December 24, 2010 Posted by | adversity, family, Healthy living, Inspirational, Self-esteem, Special Occasions | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A BIG Lift!

We try to teach our children that kindness never goes out of style. I was reminded of it just this morning. 

 When the 9th printing of my book, 101 Ways to Make Your Classroom Special, came in from the printer, I stood in for the publisher and met the freight truck. (Hey, that book has done a lot for me; why not return the favor, right?) Since 18-wheelers need a LOT of room to turn, they generally drop the freight off out front, and someone (ME!) has to break open the pallet and haul the cases to the unit. And it would have taken ALL morning.

As I was signing for the freight, a man appeared from nowhere. He was dressed in workclothes: roughout boots, jeans, work jacket and ball cap. He asked me if I was taking this load inside.

I told him I was.

“Listen, if I can get my forklift to start, I’ll haul it in there for you.”

Somewhat stunned, I believe I said something like, “Uh, okay.”

And that’s exactly what he did. He sat the whole pallet down inside the unit; I didn’t even have to remove the shrink wrapping. It saved me a morning’s work.

I thought of tipping him, but something told me NOT to do it. Good decision; he turned out to be the OWNER of this whole complex and a construction company that builds them! He had seen the freight truck pull in, and thought he might be able to help.

In times when a lot of folks TALK about customer service, this man DROVE the point home … with a lift truck.

He’s got ALL of my business.

 James D. Sutton, Psychologist    www.docspeak.com

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