Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Car Ride To Remember

--by Mona, posted Apr 24, 2007
A man 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 shining 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 this 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 with his eyes aglow and 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 someday I'm gonna give you one just like it...and 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 into 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 day, Paul learned why they say, "It's more blessed to give ..."
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Readers Comments

ieiblue wrote: wow really nice story...sometimes we'd want to do so much to other people but since we can only do so much but then and again...even if we can only do so little things that we do.. i know we atleast make a difference... :P
Savana wrote: when I read this story my heart filled up with joy I thought that was just soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sweet!
wayfarer wrote: Shouldn't we be posting our own stories. I've read this one on the internet loads of times.
alyssa wrote: this is one of thee most inspirational and kind stories i've heard. thank you.
bluqtgyrl wrote: That was absolutely touching! Thank you for sharing. =]
Roxie wrote: What a wonderful person you are!! I can just see the sparkle in their eyes!
arnel wrote: Too touched to see the screen. Beautiful story.
susannah wrote: I was greatly moved by the boys kindness-it is indeed contagious
carey442 wrote: I have to agree with aogrn - thanks for the reminder of who I want to be.

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