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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-31-2012, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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a sweet story

I saw this on someone's blog tonight:

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When my youngest son, Ethan, was about 4, we were invited to swim in a neighbor’s pool with their family. Also invited was a young man who had lost one of his legs in a motorcycle accident. Ethan watched the young man unstrap his leg at the edge of the pool, and then quietly approached him. Once at his side, Ethan whispered, “Are you a transformer?” The young man nodded and replied, “Yes I am. I’m an Autobot.” Ethan was stunned. For more than an hour this man spun the most outrageous tales of his exploits as a transformer for one awed little boy. Before he left he told me it was one of the best days since his accident. Children are curious but generally are also very accepting. Prepare them for changes but don’t discourage them from approaching (an injured relative) as they would have before the accident.

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That was a great experience for both of them, something they will never forget for different reasons.

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Love this story.
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Great, great story. I am glad that they all had that experience.


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What a wonderful story!
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I think Ethan's mother is to be commended for letting her son approach the young man in the first place. A lot of parents would have tried to hold their children back for fear of the child embarrassing the parent. And the young man is also to be commended as well. He could have been extremely self-conscience about his missing leg and not answered Ethan at all. Instead, he handled Ethan's curiosity with grace.

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Such a nice story.

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-01-2012, 08:22 AM
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Why not tell the kid the truth?
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I had a friend who was involved in a slower speed left turn motorcylcle vs car accident, when the woman driving the car got out she saw him laying on the pavement with his left leg at an obtuse angle to his body.. she turned away and started crying, when he popped his artificial leg back into place stood up and told her he was unhurt she really started screaming...

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See, I'd be the same. I'd be forever playing tricks on people.
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