A Soldier’s Story

A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco.  “Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring home with me. “Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.”

“There’s something you should know,” the son continued, “he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mind and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.”

“No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us.”

“Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.”

At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide.

The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn’t know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

Moral: The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don’t like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are. Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are. Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us!
Yechan J
November 16th, 2015 at 8:18 pm

Never judge someone by its cover: a quote used so many times, people tend to ignore it. But we shouldn’t.

December 1st, 2015 at 5:53 pm

it’s hard for a soldier to tell someone what happened to them it would be so emotional traumatised to tell the family.

December 15th, 2015 at 5:35 pm


January 26th, 2016 at 8:57 pm

Thnx..Gives me the strength to be different.

February 12th, 2016 at 6:37 am

Heart Awakening

L Dunne
March 1st, 2016 at 6:35 am

Sometimes life is tough even for the fully able, when I read or hear of stories of love against the odd’s, it give’s me hope. People matter…

steven aaron
March 14th, 2016 at 6:32 pm

It’s heart touching that immensly burdened me, because i wasn’t really good to people like that sometimes. It really encourages me to be generously loving than judging.

Mahaveer dhaka
April 21st, 2016 at 11:12 am

The best story I have ever studied. I love it because of the heart touching sensation it has.

Anisor Rahman
April 21st, 2016 at 11:48 am

Really educative!

April 29th, 2016 at 9:10 pm

Beautiful story….wonderful moral

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