|Publisher:||Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC|
|Series:||Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Lexile:||870L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Hometown:Santa Barbara, California
Date of Birth:August 19, 1944
Place of Birth:Fort Worth, Texas
Education:B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
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If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
St. Francis of Assisi
I met a man who came to Tampa for his father's funeral. Father and son hadn't seen each other in years. In fact, according to the son, his father had left when he was a boy, and they had had little contact until about a year ago, when his father had sent him a birthday card with a note saying he'd like to see his son again.
After discussing a trip to Florida with his wife and children and consulting his busy schedule at his office, the son tentatively set a date to visit his father two months later. He would drive his family down when school was out for vacation. He scribbled a note and with mixed emotions, dropped it in the mail.
He heard back immediately. Written on lined paper torn from a spiral notebook, such as a schoolboy would use, were words of excitement penned in a barely legible scrawl. Misspelled words, poor grammar and incorrect punctuation bounced off the page. The man was embarrassed for his father. He thought twice about the upcoming visit.
It just so happened that the man's daughter made the cheerleading squad at her school and had to go to a camp conducted for cheering techniques. Coincidentally, it started the week after school was out. The trip to Florida would have to be postponed.
His father said he understood, but the son didn't hear from him again for some time. A note here or there, an occasional call. They didn't say muchmuttered sentences, comments about "your mother," a couple of clouded stories about the man's childhoodbut it was enough to put together a few of the missing pieces.
In November the son received a call from his father's neighbor. His father had been taken to the hospital with heart problems. The son spoke with the charge nurse, who assured him his father was doing well following a heart attack. The doctor could provide details.
His father said, "I'm fine. You don't have to make a trip out here. The doctor says there was minor damage, and I can go home day after tomorrow."
He called his father every few days after that. They chatted and laughed and talked about getting together "soon." He sent money for Christmas. His father sent small gifts for his children and a pen and pencil set for his son. It was a cheap set, probably purchased at a discount pharmacy or variety-type store, and the kids tossed their tokens from Grandpa aside without much notice. But his wife received a precious music box made of crystal. Overwhelmed, she expressed her gratitude to the old man when they called him on Christmas Day. "It was my mother's," the old man explained. "I wanted you to have it."
The man's wife told her husband that they should have invited the old man for the holidays. As an excuse for not having done so, she added, "But it probably would be too cold for him here, anyway.ö
In February, the man decided to visit his father. As luck would have it, however, his boss's wife had to have an operation, and the man had to fill in and work a few extra hours. He called his father to tell him he'd probably get to Florida in March or April.
I met the man on Friday. He had finally come to Tampa. He was here to bury his father.
He was waiting when I arrived to open the door that morning. He sat in the chapel next to his father's body, which had been dressed in a handsome, new, navy blue pinstriped suit and laid out in a dark blue metal casket. "Going Home" was scripted inside the lid.
I offered the man a glass of water. He cried. I put my arm around his shoulder and he collapsed in my arms, sobbing. "I should have come sooner. He shouldn't have had to die alone." We sat together until late afternoon. He asked if I had something else to do that day. I told him no.
I didn't choose the act, but I knew it was kind. No one else came to honor the life of the man's father, not even the neighbor he spoke of. It cost nothing but a few hours of my time. I told him I was a student, that I wanted to be a professional golfer, and that my parents owned the funeral home. He was an attorney and lived in Denver. He plays golf whenever he can. He told me about his father.
That night, I asked my dad to play golf with me the next day. And before I went to bed, I told him, "I love you, Dad."
Nick Curry III, age 19
(c)1996 by Nick Curry III. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.
Table of Contents
1 On Relationships
Losing the "Us" Lia Gay 3
After a While Veronica A. Shoffstall 7
Soul Mates Fran Leb 8
The Miss of a Great "Miss" Jack Schlatter 11
My First Kiss, and then Some Mary Jane West-Delgado 14
First Kiss-First Lesson Jennifer Braunschweiger 17
Changes in Life Sheila K. Reyman 25
First Love Mary Ellen Klee 28
A High School Love not Forgotten Diana L. Chapman 31
2 On Friendship
The Gossiper Author Unknown 36
A Simple Christmas Card Theresa Peterson 38
Please Listen Stacia Gilmer 41
She Told me it was Okay to Cry Daphan Renan 43
Lessons in Friendship A. J. Langer 45
Always Return your Phone Calls Anonymous 50
My New Best Friend Retold Kimberly Kirberger 52
The Days of Cardboard Boxes Eva Burke 54
3 On Family
She Didn't give up on me Sharon Whitley 63
Mama's Hands Tommi Jo Casteel 68
Unconditional Mom Sarah J. Vogt 70
The Bible Beckah Fink 74
The Birthday Melissa Esposito 76
The Home Run Terri Vandermark 79
My Big Brother Lisa Gumenick 80
A Brother's Voice James Malinchak 83
A Famous Father Author Unknown 87
Lessons in Baseball Chick Moorman 89
The Champ As told Nailah Malik "Vela Storyteller" 92
I Love you, Dad Nick Curry III 94
I Am Home Jennie Garth 97
4 On Love and Kindness
Tigress Judith S. Johnessee 102
Bright Heart Jennifer Love Hewitt 106
The Secret of Happiness The Speaker's Sourcebook 109
Reaching out to a Stranger Barbara A. Lewis 111
Smile Barbara Hauck 115
Mrs. Link Susan Daniels Adams 117
A Mason-Dixon Memory Clifton Davis 119
A Gift for Two Andrea Hensley 126
Life Just Isn't Katie Leicht 128
Tell the World for me John Powell 131
Like People First Kent Nerburn 135
Lilacs Bloom Every Spring Blue jean magazine 139
Paint Brush Bettie B. Youngs 143
5 On Learning
Egg Lessons Kimberly Kirberger 146
The Cost of Gratefulness Randal Jones 150
I Try to Remember Author Unknown 153
Mrs. Virginia DeView, where are you? Diana L. Chapman 157
What's Wrong? The Speaker's Sourcebook 162
The Eternal Gifts Jack Schlatter 164
Socrates Retold Eric Saperston 168
Challenge Days As told to Andrew Tertes 170
Please Hear What I'm not Saying Charles C. Finn 174
I Am... Amy Yerkes 176
Sparky Earl Nightingale 179
If I Knew Kimberly Kirberger 182
6 Tough Stuff
I'll Always be with you Dale Dar Emme 186
My Story Lia Gay 191
Somebody Should have Taught him Jane Watkins 194
Just One Drink Chris Laddish 196
The Dance Tony Arata 198
The Premonition Bruce Burch 200
Dead at 17 John Berrio 206
"Gabby, you're Sooo Skinny" Gabriella Tortes 208
Gold-Medal Winner Rick Metzger 212
Desiderata Max Ehrmann 214
7 Making a Difference
What is Success? Ralph Waldo Emerson 218
Be Cool... Stay in School! Jason Summey 219
The Leader Tony Overman 223
Courage in Action Bill Sanders 224
Turning up your Light Eric Allenbaugh 226
The Oyster Author Unkown 229
Courage in a Fire Barbara A. Lewis 231
The Most Mature Thing I've Ever Seen Chris Blake 236
Broken Wing Jim Hullihan 240
Passing the Dream Penny Caldwell 243
8 Going for it!
The Girl Next Door Amanda Dykstra 246
I'll be Back Jack Cavanaugh 249
Just me Tom Krause 257
True Height David Naster 259
Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Helen Keller 264
The Gravediggers of Parkview Junior High Kif Anderson 268
Teenager's Bill of Rights Lia Gay et al. 272
The Boy Who Talked with Dolphins Paula McDonald 274
Wild Thing Jennifer Philbin 282
To Track Down My Dream Ashley Hodgeson 285
From Crutches to a World-Class Runner The Speaker's Sourcebook 287
If Rudyard Kipling 289
No-Hair Day Jennifer Rosenfeld Alison Lambert 291
I Did it! Mark E. Smith 294
Growing Brooke Mueller 297
New Beginnings Paula (Bachleda) Koskey 298
Who is Jack Canfield? 301
Who is Mark Victor Hansen? 302
Who is Kimberly Kirberger? 303
Permissions (continued) 313