The Dude broke his hand in a football game for the Yorktown Patriots. Charmaine and Your Business Blogger(R) and Baby Boo sat with him yesterday as a cast was applied and immobilized his hand.
The Dude was not in especially good spirits. And friends rallied around him to encourage and commiserate. To lightly cheer him on.
Teenagers who showed compassion?
Lots of adults, too showed real interest — and not just the coaches….
Lyndon LaPlante It seems that The Dude was indeed lifted up. But Charmaine and I noticed something more. The giving, the compassion, the caring did more for the giver than the getter.
The Dude was injured and would play again in a few weeks. However, we were able to get the briefest glimpse of the good, the Divine that is seen in small acts of charity.
Life’s real challenges are designed, it seems, not for the afflicted but for those who surround the sufferer. Life’s pitfalls, large and small, reveal the character of the bystander.
Does the onlooker render care or complain? What does the Good Samaritan do?
Another football story, a few years ago, came out of Texas. It’s the story of Lyndon LaPlante who scored a touchdown. Lyndon has Down syndrome . The Dallas Morning News reports:
Keller Senior with Down Syndrome Fulfills Dream
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
By TIM MacMAHON / The Dallas Morning News
The home crowd at Keller ISD Stadium rose to its feet as soon as Lyndon LaPlante jogged onto the field during the fourth quarter Friday night.
The fans went wild during LaPlante’s 99-yard touchdown run, which ended with him being mobbed in the end zone by his Keller teammates.
Never mind that the pre-arranged play didn’t count. It fulfilled a dream for LaPlante, a senior who has . . .
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