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one of the best stories ive ever heard!!!

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by GGW Laurie, Mar 17, 2008.

    Mar 17, 2008
  1. GGW Laurie

    GGW Laurie Dormant account webmeister

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    it may have been told before, but its sooo touching!!!
    ONE OF THE BEST STORIES I'VE EVER HEARD!


    As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard


    Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers.


    At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.


    Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners... He is a joy to be around.."


    His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle."


    His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest, and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken."


    Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class."


    By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to."



    After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her "teacher's pets."


    A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.


    Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in life.


    Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honours. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favourite teacher he had ever had in his whole life.


    Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favourite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer.... The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

    The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.


    They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, "Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference."


    Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you."


    (For you that don't know, Teddy Stoddard is the Dr. at Iowa Methodist in Des Moines that has the Stoddard Cancer Wing.)



    Random acts of kindness, I think they call it!
     
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  2. Mar 18, 2008
  3. heatherad

    heatherad Senior Member

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    What a beautiful and touching story lauriejim. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. :)
     
  4. Mar 18, 2008
  5. 1819

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    ok. ok. i'll be the bad guy

    the story is awesome and touching but.......it is completly false. it is an urban legend. the story was written for a magazine in the late 70's by a woman named elizabeth ballard. it was written as a fictional story. i know because i researched it when arguing with my mother over it. lol. it is said to have a few versions but the one posted above is the original. there is no dr. theodore stoddard at iowa methodist. i'm sure if you google that name there will be something on it. sorry lj!!!!!:)
     
  6. Mar 18, 2008
  7. winbig

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  8. Mar 18, 2008
  9. GGW Laurie

    GGW Laurie Dormant account webmeister

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    but its still a touching story that makes you ..........think and has a great........ message:)
     
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  10. Mar 21, 2008
  11. RobWin

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    Does anyone besides me ever question the so called experts over at snopes.com,,, I mean how do we really know for sure that they actually go out in the field and do the due-diligence and research and follow up on all of the info that they have listed on their site...that would really take a hell of a lot of people and money to actually do that much research to accurately prove or disprove any claim...or do you guys think that most folks that look at info on snopes.com just takes their word for it that it is the gospel according to Snopes ????
     
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  12. Mar 22, 2008
  13. happygobrokey

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    this is my favourite part of the story. like, just in case you might not be so familiar with with your iowan doctors? how in the hell is anyone actually going to have picked up on the name during the story and have pegged him as that decorated physician in des moines? i mean, pardon me for being one of "you that don't know" intimately the roster of some hospital in a remote area.

    i'm surprised this statement wasn't followed by "and send this on to 11+ people or else tomorrow you'll wake up with cancer and be wishing you had respected dr. stoddard"

    but yes i won't judge an apple in one basket by its cover before it's hatched! :thumbsup:
     

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