1. 1. Bullying is a sad and terrible thing. It’s rare, but every now and then, a bully realizes what a jerk he was. Chad Morriette is 34 years old and it has been quite a while since he was bullied. So long ago that he had almost forgotten about it. But a recent letter from one of his tormentors showed that HE hadn’t forgotten about it. Actually, the former bully’s young daughter asked her father if he had ever bullied anyone in school. Ashamed and guilt-ridden, he remembered Chad, and told her yes. But the man immediately sent Chad a letter, apologizing for bullying him and asking for his forgiveness. Chad wrote him back, accepting his apology, forgiving him and thanking him for his kind letter. If only all bullies could be like this one and realize the error of their ways.
2. Tornadoes are never a good thing. But for a woman trying to give give birth in a hospital with a tornado ripping into it, it doesn’t get much worse. In Oklahoma, Shayla Taylor was in an operating room giving birth when a tornado ripped one of the walls off of the room. Doctors and nurses struggled to keep blankets around the woman and protect her as a human cocoon even when tiles and lights were collapsing over them. But they all managed to survive, and little Braeden was born a healthy … and unscathed…little boy.
3. 25-year-old Lisseth has a good marriage with husband Jose, and they loved welcoming their new daughter into the world. But after the pregnancy, Lisseth started gaining weight. Those big breakfasts with McDonald’s food soon following them didn’t help. Then Jose began losing interest in her, giving her no affection and inflicting mental anguish on her. Lisseth found messages of a personal nature on his phone to another woman, and when she confronted Jose, he blamed it on her weight. Well, Lisseth filed for divorce and immediately changed her lifestyle, which meant losing the big breakfasts and McDonald’s for more healthy, smaller meals. In a very short time, she had lost 126 pounds. So guess who tried to get back with her when that happened? Yep. But Lisseth quickly slammed the door on his inflated male ego and set off for a new life, and being a good role model for her young daughter.
4. Eileen Eagle Bears was watching the view of a traffic camera from her home when she spotted a stalled truck off the icy highway. The area was 30 minutes from her home, so she saddled up her horse, filled a thermos of coffee and was on her way. Well, that trucker was sure thankful for Eileen’s hot coffee. Later, the trucker was still stalled, so Eileen brought him some food. And he was real thankful for that, as well. Fortunately, his truck was towed a short time later and we can only hope he made it safely to his destination.
5. After 73-year-old Dorothy Shepard had neck and back surgery, officer John Holder, of the DeSoto, Texas, police department, did a well-being check on her. He immediately gave her his personal cell phone number and told her if she ever needed anything, to give him a call. Dorothy was floored by that, and it started a long friendship between the two. The officer even took her to doctor appointments in his squad car and the two braved the Thanksgiving crowds to do some shopping. He tells others that he feels blessed in doing whatever he can to help the woman out.
6. When you want something bad enough, you never give up. Just before a dangerous 20-mile trek through the Ecuadorian rainforest, a Swedish athlete sat for a quick meal. Then noticed a scruffy dog watching him. He gave the dog a meatball before continuing with his 3 other team members to tackle the course. The dog followed, and he would not STOP following as the team was completing the final two stages of the 430-mile Adventure Racing World Championship. The dog, which the team named Arthur, swam alongside their kayaks, dragged himself up hills and pulled himself through knee-deep mud to stay with the athletes. After six days, they had completed the race, and Arthur was pretty beat up and exhausted by the experience. So they took him to a vet and did not leave his side while doctors took care of him. Then they adopted Arthur and took him with them back to Sweden. Ya know what? Dogs can’t see Swedish people, or American people or British or Spanish people. They can’t see black or white or brown people. They only know people by the way they treat them. Maybe we can all take a lesson from our canine pals.
7. Rocky. A serial burglar was finally nipped in the bud, so to speak, when he was brought down by Rocky. Now, Rocky is not your typical pit bull… or German shepard,,, or rottweiler. Rocky is actually an African parrot. The Lithuanian burglar, whose name is longer than this story and I will not EVEN attempt to pronounce, was bitten on the hand when he tried to steal him from an elderly couple’s home in Gillingham. The crook threw him out the window and took off, leaving a good amount of blood on the couple’s floor… enough to collect a DNA sample. He was arrested soon after.
8. While construction workers were putting up metal posts at a playground in Colorado City, Arizona, they heard a faint crying.
When they put their ears to one of the poles, they could distinctly hear a cat meowing. After cutting the pole, that found a small cat was buried almost up to its head in dried cement. Someone had done this terribly cruel thing to this cat. But the workers managed to pull the post out and worked hard to chip away at the cement encasing the animal. Finally, the poor little cat was freed and given to someone to take care of it. If you know of anyone who thinks something like this is funny, please try to make them understand the value of life.
9. When you work together for a period of time, you become family. And family helps each other out as much as possible. Nurses Tonia Cole and Jeff Benaway, both in their 50s, had worked closely in the ICU at McLaren Flint Hospital in Michigan for three years. Suddenly, Jeff developed kidney disease and had to leave the hospital on disability. When Tonia found out, she checked to see if she was be a match for her buddy Jeff, and she was. She then gave him one of her kidneys. You’ve got to care for someone an awful lot to give up a kidney.
10. In New York, 62-year-old nanny Loretta Penn was pushing an infant’s stroller in Rockville Centre when she seen an SUV coming right at them. She quickly pushed the stroller out of harm’s way and was struck by the SUV. She saved the infant in her care and was pinned under the car. Then it was her turn to be rescued. Officers and bystanders quickly got together and lifted the vehicle from off of the woman. She was taken to the hospital and treated for her injuries.