That's what friends are for!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by JessopSmythe, Mar 12, 2005.

  1. JessopSmythe

    JessopSmythe Active Member

    This is floating around the office email at the moment. Don't know whether it's a true story or not. Either way it's well worth thinking about! I challenge anyone to read it to the end and not feel something!

    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 and 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, "Hey thanks!" 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 before. 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 my friends. 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.
    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 great!"
    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
    "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 story."
    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 unspeakable."
    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 smile. 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.
    Goodness puts us all in each other's lives to impact one another
    in some way. Look for Good in others.
    "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 mystery.
    Today is a gift.

    Last edited: Mar 12, 2005
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  2. Well Worth It

    Well Worth It Active Member

  3. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    That's my brother.
  4. yonhee

    yonhee Active Member

  5. Di

    Di Active Member

    Nice one!
  6. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Wow. Thanks for posting that up. Is it true? Does it really matter?

  7. The_Fat_Ref

    The_Fat_Ref New Member

    May I slit my own wrists in the horrific sicknes of this tale?
  8. yonhee

    yonhee Active Member

    Whys it sick?
  9. The_Fat_Ref

    The_Fat_Ref New Member

    Because it is one of those vomit inducing stories that Hollywood is always intent on making films about.
  10. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    "Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."
    I loved that, especially the quote above! just txtd my best mate emma with that! that was lovely thankyou Jessop xx
  11. yonhee

    yonhee Active Member

    is that bad?
    I still dont get it
  12. Fitzy's GF

    Fitzy's GF Active Member

    The whole message of the stroy, be this real or true, is actually based on a lot of peoples experiences.

    Just recently there was a 12 year old girl who committed suicide as she could no longer handle the torment that bullies put her through.
    Unfortunatley this wake-up call came too late for all the people around her, but it is very real, and I believe that this story helps to remind everyone that what they say and do can affect people much more seriously than it was possibly attended to and what you think may be done innocently and not to intently harm, can actually cause irreversible damage.
  13. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    Very touching....
  14. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    Boy, I bet your Christmas card list is something to behold!! :tongue:
  15. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    And what do you know about it? Go annoy some other forum.
  16. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly Active Member

    I've come across this story before on the internet, but its moral is very true.
  17. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member


  18. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

    What is the moral of this story?

    Be nice to people you don't really know because they might just be about to kill themselves and then you'll feel guilty or maybe you won't cos you didn't really know them anyway but it's got to make you a bit sad hasn't it?

    Great moral. :eek:

    It's kind of like the good samaritan gone wrong.
  19. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    What does it matter whether the story is true or not? Why does it have to have a moral? It's just an uplifting story to make your crappy day a little better.

    But hey, if you're too cool for uplifting, if you prefer to wallow in the mire of your own miserable cynicism then so be it. Have a nice life. The rest of us will carry on being uncool and probably quite sad too. Problem?
    Rebecca Caitlin Winn
    1st Horn Barnton Silver Band, Cheshire, 4th section
  20. Sellers_Bird

    Sellers_Bird Active Member

    here here!!! honestly... some people!

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