Monday, June 27, 2011


A friend of mine named Paul received an automobile from his brother as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office, a street urchin was walking around the shiny new car, admiring it. "Is this your car, Mister?" he asked.

Paul nodded. "My brother gave it to me for Christmas." The boy was astounded. "You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn't cost you anything? Boy, I wish ..." He hesitated.

Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish for. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels.

"I wish," the boy went on, "that I could be a brother like that."

Paul looked at the boy in astonishment, then impulsively he added, "Would you like to take a ride in my automobile?"

"Oh yes, I'd love that."

After a short ride, the boy turned and with his eyes aglow, said, "Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?"

Paul smiled a little. He thought he knew what the lad wanted. He wanted to show his neighbors that he could ride home in a big automobile. But Paul was wrong again. "Will you stop where those two steps are?" the boy asked.

He ran up the steps. Then in a little while Paul heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast. He was carrying his little crippled brother. He sat him down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car.

"There she is, Buddy, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn't cost him a cent. And some day I'm gonna give you one just like it ... then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows that I've been trying to tell you about."

Paul got out and lifted the lad to the front seat of his car. The shining-eyed older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride.

That Christmas Eve, Paul learned what "It is more blessed to give..." means!


Sylvia K said...

What an incredibly beautiful story and not fiction but reality! Oh, if only there could be more like him in our world today. And what a wonderful gentleman your friend is!! We could use more like him as well. An inspiring way to begin my day! Thank you! And thank you as always for your visit/comment!! Hope your have a great week!


nsiyer said...

Thanks Sylvia. You too have a great week.

Brian Miller said...

this is an awesome the kids heart...and that paul could nurture it...

Priya said...

An awesome story and well written.

Babli said...

Nice to read your post after a long time. Very beautiful story. You have written it so nicely that I read it twice.

Anonymous said...

I am happy Brian that u liked the story.

Thanks Priya for your comments.

SG said...

I saw that 'blessed' is one of the tags you have given this post. How true! It inspires us to count our blessings and spread the blessings in whatever way we can.

Ankit said...

Awesome story.

Joy lies in giving - very true.