shay blu

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May mga kuwento na madalas inuulit-ulit at masarap pag-usapan. Kasi nga naman, karaniwan ay heart-warming at spirit filled talaga ang dating. Minsan pa nga mahirap itranslate sa ibang wikang banyaga kasi sa kalaunan nawawala ang tunay na kulay at lasa nito. Sa pagkakataong ito nais kung ilahad sa inyo ang isang kuwento na sa aking palagay ay kapupulutan natin ng aral sa buhay. Ito ang kuwento ni Shay.

‘When not interfered with by outside influences,
 everything nature does, is done with perfection.
 
Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do.
 He   cannot   understand things as other children do.
 
Where is the natural order of things in my son?’
 
 
The audience was stilled by the query.
 
  
The father continued. ‘I believe that when a child like  Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.’
 
Then he told the following story:
 
  
Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. 
 Shay asked, ‘Do you think  they’ll let me play?’ I knew that most of the boys  would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a  father I also understood that if my son were allowed  to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging  and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his  handicaps.
 
 I  approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, ‘We’re losing by six runs and  the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our  team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth  inning.’
 
 
Shay struggled over to the team’s bench and, with a  broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small  tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.
 
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.
 In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.
 
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again.
 
Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat. At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.
 

However, as Shay stepped up to the  plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was  putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life,  moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could  at least make contact.
 
The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.
 
 The game would now be over..The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game. Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman’s head, out of reach of all team mates..Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling,

 ‘Shay, run to first! Run to first!’ Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, ‘Run to second, run to second!’ Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.
 
B y the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.
He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s  intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high  and far over the third-baseman’ s head.
 
Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home. All were screaming, ‘Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way  Shay.’ Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, ‘Run to third! Shay, run to third!’ As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, ‘Shay, run  home! Run home!’ Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered at the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his  team.
 

‘That day’, said the father softly with tears now  rolling down his face, ‘the boys from both teams helped  bring a piece of true love and humanity into this  world’.
 
 Shay didn’t make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his  Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

May mga kuwento na madalas inuulit-ulit at masarap pag-usapan. Kasi nga naman, karaniwan ay heart-warming at spirit filled talaga ang dating. Minsan pa nga mahirap itranslate sa ibang wikang banyaga, kasi sa kalaunan nawawala ang tunay na kulay at lasa nito.

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33 Responses to shay blu

  1. Eleanora says:

    Clap,clap,clap. Proud to be? pinoy!!!!. Mabuhay ang Fil-am……. visit http://goo.gl/HNBgn to watch pinoy tv shows

  2. walongbote says:

    ow. this is my 1st time to read this. thanks for sharing at napaka inspiring. at saka atleast just before he died. He proves himself.. very nice..kakatouch.. awww…

  3. Nortehanon says:

    Thank you for sharing this touching story. Nakaka-inspire.

    By the way, I can’t help but notice the pic that you used. Nice one!Although kanina ko pa iniisip kung babae ba siya o lalaki. Mukhang boy naman pero parang medyo makapal yata ang lipstick hehehe

  4. dencios says:

    ganyan talaga ang buhay. ibig sabhin may napatunayan na si shy sa paglalakbay nya🙂

    magcelebrate tayo at kapiling na nya ang ating Creator!😀

    • tama ka dyan dencio…sa katunayan masaya pa rin ang ending ng buhay nya…. sa ating mambabasa nito maaring sad nga…pero sa perpective ni Shay di na yun mahalaga…kasi minsan sa buhay nya alam nya he was a hero…

  5. Mon says:

    hey inspiring yang kwento ni shay ah.
    btw, i got u tagged on my latest entry. hahah
    payback time. LOL

  6. Aling Baby says:

    haayy blu, everytime na mababasa ko ito kahit na alam ko na ang story tinatapos ko pa rin kasi ang ganda talaga ng kwentong ito. teary eyed ako palagi like now hehehe.

    thanks for posting this story.🙂

  7. DFish says:

    Kaibigang Blu, may personal na hiwaga sa akin ang post na to, especially with what’s unfolding before me starting today. Sasabihin ko sa yo sa tamang panahon…

  8. otep says:

    pareng blugoy

    Ito libre blu

    sali ka ha..

    http://otep.wordpress.com/llm-t-shirt/

    balikan kita maya mag lauch lang ako ng pauso😀

  9. azul says:

    i used to play softball when i was in hiskul..pitcher ako..hehe

    ang ganda ng story..kahit paulit ulit na basahin andun pa din yung kurot sa puso..

  10. joycee says:

    Very inspiring story. Nakakalungkot lang ang ending.😦

    • hmmm..malungkot nga ang ending pero marami namang lessons learned…..
      patunay lang na sa mundong ating ginagalawan…. where competition and being number one is a value….
      pwede pa rin palang isantabi ito para sa isang noble cause….
      salamat joycee….enjoy your dip at puerto galera!

  11. anakngpating says:

    kuya blu ang gandang kwento ah hehe..share ko lang naging baseball/softball player din ako hehe..

  12. Winkie says:

    haayz, nalungkot ako sa ending. shay died. but this is one heck of a nice story. very inspirational indeed. i really feel for children like shay. when i was younger, i had the privilege to be with them for quite a long time… 2 years to be exact. we shared our building at school with them. and there’s a lot to learn from kids like shay.

    thanks for sharing this, blu🙂

  13. sandijmartin says:

    haha.. exciting ‘tong kwentong ito.. inspirational story! Naalala ko tuloy ang librong sinulat ni Og Mandino..

    salamat🙂

  14. Ax says:

    There was a spark on my heart’s shadows. It sparked as small as that of a cigarette..

    And it never ceases.

    I like the story Kuya Blu. I am happy that I visit your blog even though not that often. And, I am very much elated that I visited your blog at this exactly “right now.”

    If given the chance that I become an eight-year old kid, I would be happy to be the third baseman and do a wide smile to throw the ball above head of my home-based catcher and would definitely cheer for Shay while wittingly passing the ball to no one.

    ow, ako ba ang una?

    • Ax says:

      Hm, ako nga ang una!

      • tama ikaw nga ang una…..salamat AX lam ko busy ka….take it easy lang sa trabaho….smile at kaway…ayan…..

        • Ax says:

          I am planning to resign. Next week, I will be job hunting. Not happy anymore on what I am doing. I am not growing sa trabaho ko ngayon, Kuya Blu.

          I just want to be a gardener. Magtanim ng halaman. Magpatubo ng puno. Kausapin ang mga dahon.

          Salamat, kailangan ko rin palang mag-smile at kumaway kaway!

        • ha magreresign ka..hmmm…mukhang mabigat na desisyon yan amidst the economic world crisis….
          you are not happy anymore….you feel that you are not growing…sign of stress ….. at saka uncontentment…..
          ang work ay isang aspect lang ng layf natin na nagiging source ng meaning at happiness….
          bakit di mo rin tingnan ang iba pang facet…..overly concentrated ka lang siguro sa work mo…
          at nakalimutan mo na iba ka pang buhay….
          reality check…
          before deciding to resign!

        • Ax says:

          No worries, kuya BLu. I won’t resign until I found the right job.

          You never know how I felt someone giving me that wisdom. Again, thank you. I am still looking forward to meet you someday. Even though I wished I had met you in a different world, although blogrld is never that boring sphere, I am thankful I have known you.

          Way back high school days, a group of five gentlemen is required to teach us once a week. This happens half year round of school days.

          But they never do lectures. Instead they let us play games and the sorts.
          And I enjoyed each game. One game I will never forget is the Game of the Lords. The class is to be split according to their group of friends or ‘barkada’ and needs to collect points as the game progress. But in order to collect points, each barkada needs to deceive other groups resulting in treachery.

          Mahirap ikwento ang rules ng games. I don’t even have time to storytell it. Well, those group of five gentlemen came from San Carlos Seminary. Dinadalaw pa namin sila dun dati.🙂

        • salamat naman…well friendship could blossom even in the blogosphere….isang araw magkukrus din ang ating landas….yan ay itinadhana…..

    • salamat na man ax….ang mga bagay-bagay ay dumarating sa ating buhay kasi may dahilan at purpose….cease that moment…kasi di na babalik yan….at this point in your life…you can also be the “other boys” in the life of another “shay”

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