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March 12, 2017

The way we treat others matters

Filed under: Ideas, Reason, Stories, Thanks, Things I like — Tags: , — Scottie @ 20:54

I had someone who I really care about send me the following story.   When I read it I had tears in my eyes.   I know for a fact that the way you are treated during the day can change your mood and how you react and deal with others.  This has happened to me some years ago while dealing with the public.  I would start in a good mood, and then encounter someone who was angry or disagreeable.   Then my own mood would sour.  Often if I was in a sour mood I would encounter someone happy and upbeat and I would catch the mood and adopt it also.   Now I try to be the upbeat happy person.  I want to be the one who helps other people have a good day.   I never want to be a stumbling block that prevents anyone having a good day.  I never want to cause anyone to have a bad mood.   I never want to hurt anyone.   I have codes I live my life by, we all do.  I have no desire to ruin someone’s day, so I try to never take my pain or problems out on someone else, I try to always be positive with others, I try to help any I meet that needs assistance if I can.  I treat others with respect.   Please keep this in mind when you read the following story.   Think of the people in your life when you read it.  Be well.  Hugs 

The Story of Kyle

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, “Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.”

I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up, and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes.

My heart went out to him. So I jogged over to him, and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, “Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives.” He looked at me and said, “Hey thanks!” There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.

I helped him pick up his books and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before, but we talked all the way home, and I carried his books.

He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play football on Saturday with me and my friends. He said yes.

We hung out all weekend, and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him. And my friends thought the same of him. Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, “Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!” He just laughed and handed me half the books.

Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship.

Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak.

On graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than me and all the girls loved him! Boy, sometimes I was jealous. Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech, so I smacked him on the back and said, “Hey, big guy, you’ll be great!” He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled. “Thanks,” he said.

As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began. “Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach — but mostly your friends. I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story.” I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his mom wouldn’t have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. “Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.”

I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize its depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture, you can change a person’s life.

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines day

Filed under: Love, My Life and Rants, Thanks, Things I like — Scottie @ 10:43

My wonderful loving husband worked last night.   This morning he stopped to get a few things for me.  I have to say he is so grand.  He treats me so well.   I am so happy.  I find I am happy and content in ways that grow deeper every day.  Ron and I are closer every day.  It stuns me that after 26 + years we are still so deeply in love.     Best wishes to all. Hugs

 

February 3, 2017

Tiny Fennec Fox Kit Born at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo – YouTube

Filed under: Animals, Funny videos, Nature, Things I like — Scottie @ 20:32

I love animals.  These are so cute.  I found them on this post https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/friday-fennec-fox-ftw/ and I thank Jerry for the joy these fast little critters gave me.  Hugs

TV 2 | All That We Share – YouTube

Filed under: Family, Ideas, Pictures, Questions, Reason, Things I like — Scottie @ 14:11

January 12, 2017

Melted Candle

Filed under: Ideas, My Life and Rants, Pictures, Things I like — Scottie @ 12:03

I am burning one of the candles I made and it melted down into a weird and wonderful shape.   I thought I would practice my photography using it.   I took some with the flash on, and some with the flash off.   Hope you enjoy them.  Hugs

Dragon box and ornaments

Filed under: Ideas, Love, My Life and Rants, Pictures, Talent, Thanks, Things I like — Scottie @ 12:00

We have a grand friend who is supremely talented and creative.   He has a wonderful way of making things.   He made me a cane and toy box for me, and he carved a plaque for Ron and I on our Marriage.   Today is the anniversary of our legal marriage and he sent us these awesome handmade gifts.   I don’t know how he does these intricate pieces.   He must have the world’s steadiest hands and the deepest level of patients.    Please note the dragon box that we can put an LED light in.  Those dragons are carved out of the piece of wood that surrounds them.  They are not cut out and glued in, he did them from one piece.   The same for the ornaments.   I am stunned at such a great gift.  I would have ruined so much wood trying to even get part of them correct.   Our friend has skill.   Hugs

December 7, 2016

Our outside lights

Filed under: Love, Magic, My Life and Rants, Things I like — Scottie @ 23:37

As I said before the whole delight of Christmas for me is the lights and decorations. This year Ron was forced to scale our outside  display back some.  But here is a few pictures he just brought me.  One thing everyone needs to understand , I can not hardly stand and can not set up these things.   The entire inside and outside decorations are done by Ron for me.  Hugs

 

December 6, 2016

For Jeff. Thank you for caring. Hugs

Filed under: Ideas, Love, Magic, My Life and Rants, Things I like — Scottie @ 15:25

Ron’s tree, Our Christmas

Filed under: Ideas, Love, Magic, My Life and Rants, News, Things I like — Scottie @ 15:09

I love the displays at christmas.  I love the lights.  I love the decorations.   I really don’t care about presents as I never really got much, and if it was anything good it was taken away.   I do love the lights and displays as the people I grew up with went all out.  They won yearly awards for the displays they put up.  Seems that they wanted the world to see how great they were, and so maybe they could hide the ugliness underneath.   Ron grew up in a large family of love and so christmas is special to him.  

When ron came to realize what the season meant to me and what I took the joy in, he switched from trying to give me presents to making the displays as wonderful as possible.   Even when money was short he made it grand.   No matter if we had a large home or when we lived in the RV he made sure it was decorated up.   Today that is what is most important to me.  I need no presents , even though I know he buys a few small things for me, because throughout the year if I want something , he gets it for me if he can.  The same as I do him.  I would rather have what we want or need when we need or want it than wait a whole year to get it after we no longer care or the need has passed.   But the displays are always appreciated and wonderful.  

Ron and I like nontraditional ornaments.   We often took trips to places where we could go to christmas shops to get the unusual or offbeat ornaments.   One of the greatest joys of our repeated trips to Busch Gardens theme park was to stop on the way out at the christmas shop and get a few ornaments for the next display.   Ron started setting all his stuff up right after thanksgiving but I wanted to get all the ornaments and things before posting his tree.  This really is Ron’s post.  His tree.   James came to me and said ” Ron really is proud of his tree” and I replied ” he deserves to be!”  I had ron take the photos as it is his tree and he deserves the credit.  He thought I should do it as he thinks I take them better.   I wanted this to be his, his moment to shine, his total triumph.   So we went over the pictures together and some we got rid of.  Some we kept.  Some are a bit blurry because Ron shakes a bit, but he did a great job trying hard to keep still.  Some we couldn’t get because they have globes around them that reflected every try to make them come out right.  This is just the tree, I will post the small display he did this year on the outside another time.  One year he did the whole yard for me, but this year he scaled it back as I can’t really go out much to see it.   So here is the wonderful tree my loving grand husband put up for me.  Two things I should mention.  We always try to get an ornament to represent the four legged tailed friends who have come into our lives, so that is the cat pictures and a few that represent what the meant to us not what they looked like.  We couldn’t find our greyhound ornament to show the greyhound we rescued.   Second all ornaments on the bottom and most on the first layer are made of materials that the cats can play with and not get hurt.  And they do.  We started this because if you see the black and white cat with wings ornament, that is George, a cat we rescued and he would every night take all the ornaments off the lower levels pile them up under the tree in a nice pile, in the morning Ron would go and put then all back.  Then the next night it would happen all over again.   Wonderful memories.  To see the pictures full size click on them.   Loves and  Hugs

November 25, 2016

Kathy Mattea – Where’ve You Been? – YouTube

Filed under: Family, Love, Questions, Reason, Songs and Music, Things I like — Scottie @ 20:45

I was distressed earlier,  and so rather than bother you with that I leave you with this great song.   Many hugs

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