Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Brother Like That

--by viral, posted Sep 7, 2011

(I came across this in my Inbox, and there was no author attributed)

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 nothing? 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!

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Readers Comments

Adam wrote: In my opinion, this is what every brother should wish for. I hope i can live up to the example that this story presents to us.
AAtW wrote: I am still trying to become "that" bother!
Harry wrote: The world has many things to give. I used to be very afraid of death, but this touched me, and i told myself there is much to enjoy laterone in life, and that every holiday is something to enjoy, and give kindness to the rest of the people.
Tropic wrote: Wow, wonderful story!
angel wrote: What a wonderfull story. God bless you.

Lioness wrote: Nice, thanks for sharing, blessings
sethi wrote: Thank you for sharing. A wonderful story and great learning for me.
hkki wrote: Dude sweet awsome man! Your very nice
leah wrote: That story was very touching. It's great to see that two complete strangers can come together nd show compassion nd kindess to each other. I hope that this inspires more people to show kidness to each other.
SHA wrote: Thanks cousin for posting this. Very touching and bought a tear and two.

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