Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Brick

A young and successful 
executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, 
going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was 
watching for kids darting out from between parked 
cars and slowed down when he thought he saw 

As his car passed, no children appeared. 
Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! 
He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to 
the spot where the brick had been thrown.

The angry 
driver then jumped out of the 
car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up 
against a parked car shouting, 

"What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost me a lot of money. Why did you do it?"

The young boy was apologetic. 

"Please, mister...please, I'm sorry but I didn't 
know what else to do," He pleaded. 

"I threw the brick because no one else would stop..." 

With tears 
dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth 
pointed to a spot just around a parked car. 

"It's my brother," he said. 
"He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up."

Now sobbing, the boy 
asked the stunned executive, "Would you please help 
me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and 
he's too heavy for me." 

Moved beyond words, 
the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling 
lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the 
handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took 
out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh 
scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything 
was going to be okay. 

"Thank you and may God bless you," the grateful child told the stranger. 

Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy 
push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk 
toward their home..

It was a long, slow 
walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very 
noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair 
the dented side door. He kept the dent there to 
remind him of the boy with the brick.

I hope we don't go through our lives so fast until we would need a brick (better aimed at our heads !) to wake us up to what is really around us.

I read this story in an email and think it very thought-provoking. I hope it makes you ponder as well.

1 comment:

SandraC said...

i read this many times online and it never fails to touch my heart!