24 Inspirational Stories That Leave You Smiling # 4
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  • 1. 24 Inspirational Stories That Leave You Smiling – Part 4They remind you the good things in our life.
  • 2. Today, my 12-year-old son, Sean, and I stopped by the nursing home together for the first timein several months. Usually I come alone see my mother who‟s suffering from Alzheimer‟s. Whenwe walked into the lobby, the nurse said, “Hi, Sean!” and then buzzed us in. “How does sheknow your name?” I asked. “Oh, I swing by here on my walk home from school all the time tosay hi to Grandma,” Sean said. I had no idea. 1
  • 3. Today, I found an old hand written note my mom wrote when she was a senior in highschool. On it is a list of qualities she hoped she would someday find in a boyfriend. Thelist is basically an exact description of my dad, who she didn‟t meet until she was 27. 2
  • 4. Today, on our 10th anniversary, she handed me a suicide note she wrote when shewas 22, on the exact day we met. And she said, “For all these years I didn‟t wantyou to know how foolish and unstable I was back when we met. But even thoughyou didn‟t know, you saved me. Thank you.” 3
  • 5. Today, my grandpa keeps and old, candid photo on his nightstand of my grandma and himlaughing together at some party in the 1960‟s. My grandma passed away from cancer in1999 when I was 7. This evening when I was at his house, my grandpa caught me staring atthe photo. He walked up, hugged me from behind and said, “Remember, just becausesomething doesn‟t last forever, doesn‟t mean it wasn‟t worth your while.” 4
  • 6. Today, I sat down with my two daughters, ages 4 and 6, to explain to them that we have to moveout of our 4 bedroom house and into a 2 bedroom apartment for awhile until I can find anotherjob that pays well. My daughters looked at each other for a moment and then my youngestdaughter turned to me and asked, “Are we all moving into the apartment together?” “Yes,”I replied. “Oh, so no big deal then,” she said. 5
  • 7. Today, I met the prettiest woman on a plane. Assuming I wouldn‟t see her again after we made ourconnections, I told her how pretty I thought she was. She gave me the most sincere smile and said,“Nobody has said that to me in 10 years.” It turns out we‟re both in our mid-30‟s, never married, nokids, and we live about 5 miles away from each other. We have a date set for next Saturday afterwe return home. 6
  • 8. Today, I‟m a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 4. At 17 I got pregnant with twins. When myboyfriend and friends found out I wasn‟t going to abort them, they turned a cold shoulder tome. But I pressed forward, worked full-time while attending school, graduated high schooland college, and met a guy in one of my classes who has loved my children like his own forthe last 50 years. 7
  • 9. Today, on my 29th birthday, I returned home from my 4th and final tour of duty overseas. The littlegirl who lives next door to my parents (who isn‟t so little any more - she‟s 22 now) met me at theairport with a long stemmed rose, a bottle of my favorite vodka, and then asked me out on adate. 8
  • 10. Today, after I heard that my mom stayed home from work with the flu, I stopped by Wal-Mart on my way home from school to pick her up some canned soup. I ran into my dadwho was already in the check-out line. He had 5 cans of soup, NyQuil, tissues, tampons,4 romantic comedy DVDs and a bouquet of flowers. My dad makes me smile. 9
  • 11. Today, I was sitting on a hotel balcony watching 2 lovers in the distance walk alongthe beach. From their body language, I could tell they were laughing and enjoyingeach other‟s company. As they got closer, I realized they were my parents. Myparents almost got divorced 8 years ago. 10
  • 12. Today, when I tapped the side of my wheelchair and told my husband, “You‟rethe only reason I want to be free from this contraption,” he kissed me on myforehead and said, “Honey, I don‟t even see that thing.” 11
  • 13. Today, my dad came to see me for the first time in 6 months since I told him I‟m gay.When I opened the door he had tears in his eyes and he immediately gave me ahuge hug and said, “I‟m sorry, Jason. I love you.” 12
  • 14. Today, at the age of 72, nearly 15 years after my grandfather passed away, my grandmotherremarried. And since I‟m only 17, I‟ve never seen her so happy in all my life. It‟s inspiring tosee two people so in love at their age. Make me think it‟s never too late. 13
  • 15. Today, as I was sleeping, I woke up to my daughter calling my name. I was sleepingin a sofa chair in her hospital room. I opened my eyes to her beautiful smile. Mydaughter has been in a coma for 98 days. 14
  • 16. Today, exactly 10 years ago almost to the minute, I stopped at an intersection and a car rearended me. The driver was a student at UF, just like me. He was cordial and apologetic. As wewaited for the cops and the tow truck we chatted and started laughing together about allsorts of stuff. We exchanged numbers and the rest is history. We just celebrated our 8thwedding anniversary. 15
  • 17. Today, I was in an accident that left me with a gash on my forehead. The doctors wrappeda bandage around my head and said I have to keep it on all week. I hate wearing it. Twominutes ago my little brother walked into my room wearing a bandage on his head. Mymom said he insisted that he didn‟t want me to feel alone. 16
  • 18. Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I‟mworking on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define successin her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your lifeand the memories make you smile.” 17
  • 19. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in asmall hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized itwas the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy. 18
  • 20. Today, as my 91-year-old grandfather (a military doctor, war hero, and successful businessowner) rested in his hospital bed, I asked him what his greatest life accomplishment was.He turned around, grabbed my grandmother‟s hand, looked her in the eyes, and said,“Growing old with you.” 19
  • 21. Today, I‟m only 17, but I‟ve been with my boyfriend, Jake, for 3 years, and last night wasthe first time we spent the night together. We‟ve never „done it,‟ and we didn‟t last nighteither. Instead, we baked cookies, watched two comedies, laughed, played Xbox and fellasleep in each other‟s arms. Despite the warnings from my parents, he‟s been nothing buta gentleman and a best friend. 20
  • 22. Today, while I was driving my grandfather to his doctor‟s appointment, Icomplained about hitting 2 red lights in a row. My grandfather chuckledand said, “You always complain about the red lights, but you nevercelebrate the green ones.” 21
  • 23. Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother‟shospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. Shesimply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like thismore often.” 22
  • 24. Today, my grandpa died. As I was crying and telling my grandma howsorry I was, she said, “Let‟s stop being so sad and instead celebrate the80 wonderful years he was alive… 60 of which he spent with me.” 23
  • 25. Today, on our 50th wedding anniversary, she smiled at me and said,“I only wish I had met you sooner.” 24
  • 26. The most important thing you‟ll ever dois in the four walls of your own home. - Stephen Covey Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn