Tuesday, March 5, 2019

2019-10 - Caring...

In a ram-shackled house, far from the village, lived a young man who was mentally impaired. He was always seen in the village, working hard to fill his old bag with discarded items and scraps of food. The children of the village sneered at him; the elderly villagers looked down on him and scolded their children from coming near him.

One day, the villagers learned that the young man had passed away. He had died alone. When they went to his house, they were surprised to find the man's parents, sickly and bed-ridden in the lonely and secluded house.

The shock of their discovery brought them to their senses. They quickly realized that the young man whom they had disregarded in their village, despite his mental and physical impairments, was devoted to taking care of his sick and bedridden parents until the day he died.

With his death, he taught the villagers a valuable lesson: We can never make assumptions about others, for sometimes the most caring individuals are those we wouldn't suspect.

~ Joan Pitrousky

You really can change the world if you care enough.

~ Marian Wright Edelman

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