Friday, April 16, 2010

There once was a little boy who wanted to
meet God. He knew it was a long trip to
where God lived, so he packed his suitcase
with Twinkies and a six-pack of root beer,
and he started his journey. When he had
gone about three blocks, he met an 
old woman. She was sitting in the park 
just staring at some pigeons. 
The boy sat down next to her and opened 
his suitcase. He was about to take a drink 
from his root beer when he noticed that 
the old lady looked hungry 
so he offered her a Twinkie.

She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.
Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted
to see it again, so he offered her a root
beer. Once again, she smiled at him.
The boy was delighted! They sat there all
afternoon eating and smiling, but they 
never said a word.
As it grew dark, the boy realized how 
tired he was and he got up to leave, but 
before he had gone more than a few steps;
he turned around, ran back to the old woman,
and gave her a hug. She gave him her 
biggest smile ever.

When the boy opened the door to his own
house a short time later; his mother was 
surprised by the look of joy on his face. 
She asked him, "What did you do today 
that made you so happy?" He replied, 
"I had lunch with God." But before his 
mother could respond, he added, "You 
know what? She's got the most 
beautiful smile I've ever seen!"

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with
joy, returned to her home. Her son was stunned
by the look of peace on her face and he asked,
"Mother, what did you do today that made you
so happy?" She replied, "I ate Twinkies in
the park with God." But before her son
responded, she added, "You know he's 
much younger than I expected."

Too often we underestimate the power of 
a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, 
and honest compliment, or the smallest act 
of caring, all of which have the potential to 
turn a life around. 
People come into our lives for a reason,
a season, or a lifetime.

-- Author Unknown

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