poem was written by a gentleman who is proud to be the father
of a Special Olympian. It tells of just one of the factors that
make these young people so Special.
had come from all over the country
To run for the gold, the silver and bronze
Many weeks and months of training
All coming down to these games.
gathered around the old field
To cheer on all the young women and men
The final event of the day was approaching
Excitement grew high to begin.
were all lined up for those who would use them
The hundred-yard dash was the race to be run
There were nine resolved athletes in back of the starting line
Poised for the sound of the gun.
was given, the pistol exploded
And so did the runners all charging ahead
But the smallest among them, he stumbled and staggered
And fell to the asphalt instead.
out a cry in frustration and anguish
His dreams and his efforts all dashed in the dirt
But as sure as I'm standing here telling this story
The same goes for what next occurred.
other runners pulled up on their heels
The ones who had trained for so long to compete
One by one they all turned around and went back to help him
And brought the young boy to his feet.
the nine runners joined hands and continued
The hundred-yard dash now reduced to a walk
And a banner above that said "Special Olympics"
Could not have been more on the mark.
how the race ended, with nine gold medals
They came to the finish line holding hands still
And a standing ovation and nine beaming faces
Said more than these words ever will.
by David Roth ©
combines Father's Day and the "Special Olympics" I have
so enjoyed over the past few days.
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Most of you already know Angelfairy Internet is dedicated to helping
the needy children right here in the United States, but I think
I'll pass on some facts even I found surprising and maybe it will
help you to understand even easier. Our last census came forward
with these numbers, and even though it seems like more to me,
I have no doubt but to trust them. It seems that 2/3 of the children
out there are not eating as they should. We will use the number
9 as an example since it is easily divided by 3. Out of those
9 only 3 eat breakfast and dinner with their families, assuring
them of a full and nutritious meal. The next 3 are a part of
what is known as the "latch-key generation". Because
of the necessity of work they rarely, if ever, see their parents.
They eat when they are hungry, catch as catch can. It's a good
thing that today you can get full meals in the form that needs
only to be microwaved; if they are kept in your cupboard and easy
for the child to find he is more likely to eat that than the "fast
food" or pizza that is often the norm. I know that it isn't
the perfect solution, but it is often better than 'catch as catch
can'. The final group are the 3 children we here at Angelfairy
Internet care about. For some reason or other, it never seems
to be the child's fault even though they are the ones to suffer,
the adults in their lives are unable to provide them with food.
There are quite a few food sites in this area, but they run into
many problems. Most have had trouble with children acting up,
acting like children, so they have banned them. Places like this
only have a certain amount of room so they can only make enough
food for the patrons. If there is some left over then the adults
are allowed to take home a plate to the children, if not, well
that is the way it goes. I have seen adults put things like buttered
rolls, bread, even some of the food from their plate, in a pocket
so that they can take it home to others. Just imagine having
to eat meatloaf that has been in someone's linty pocket. But
then I suppose that's more appetizing than eating what you can
forage from some trash can, and I've seen that all too often.
Whenever I see a child doing that I just have to take them home
with me and share my meal. Right now they have me on "Meals
on Wheels" and that just isn't enough to share, so I'll give
them the whole thing and have myself some chunky type soup that's
more like stew than soup. I'd like to have some of those full
Microwave meals on hand for the children who need them, but affording
them is out of the question right now. At this point my SSI is
just barely covering what I need for myself.
Those are the sad facts and if you can help with a financial gift
it would be greatly appreciated. If you wish to give with your
credit or debit card then please visit the Angelfairy Internet
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would rather give via the US Postal Service then please send your
check, money order, or well hidden cash (a card is good for this)
to the following office address~~
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Providence, RI 02907
you very much, not just for me but also for all those little mouths
you have helped to feed.