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Old 03-09-2006, 06:58 PM   #1
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What goes around

OK, I like to believe there are folks like this in the world, and that they get repaid in the same fashion.

He almost didn't see the old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help.
So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. was he going to hurt her? He
didn't look safe; he looked poor and hungry.

He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was that chill which only fear can
put in you.

He said, "I'm here to help you, ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car where it's warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson."

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put
the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.

As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis
and was only just passing through. She couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid.

Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She
already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This
was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty who had given him a hand in the past. He had
lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the
assistance they needed, and Bryan added, "And think of me."

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home,
disappearing into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the
last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her.
The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. she had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for
the whole day couldn't erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches
change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered
Bryan.

After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred
dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back The waitress wondered
where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin. There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady
wrote: "You don't owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I'm helping you. If you really want
to pay me back, here is what you do: don't let this chain of love end with you."

Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night
when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady
have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard..

She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low,
"Everything's gonna be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson."

There is an old saying "What goes around comes around."

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Old 03-09-2006, 06:59 PM   #2
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I love this story. Thanks Alix!
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Old 03-09-2006, 07:02 PM   #3
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I wish everyone was like this!! It would be such a beautiful world!!
Thanks for sharing that, Alix!!
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Old 03-09-2006, 11:11 PM   #4
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For the life of me I can't remember who
sings this song.
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Old 03-10-2006, 09:22 AM   #5
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I had heard this one before...but each time I read it, it makes me smile. Thank you!
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The song is "chain of love" by clay walker. The guy's name in the song is joe
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Old 03-10-2006, 11:03 AM   #7
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Love this and I TRY to live like this-I have learned many a rough lesson in my 45 years on this earth and the thing that I have learned from all of them is there will always be someone who I can help with the education I've gotten not from schools but from life-LOTS of love and energy to you all,Vicki
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This one always gets me!!!!
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Old 03-10-2006, 03:00 PM   #9
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thanks for the reminder :)
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Oh Alix, I'm in tears with this one. It's a beautiful story and so true also. I needed to hear this today. Hope all is well for you-miss you.
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