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 ONE OF THE BEST STORIES I'VE EVER HEARD!!!!!! 
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Here's another email, this is may be a bit of a tear jerker.......

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> > 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 Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't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 honors. He assured Mrs.
> > Thompson
> > that she was still the best and favorite 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
> > favorite 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.)
> >
> > Warm someone's heart today. . . pass this along. I love this story
> > so very
> > much, I cry every time I read it. Just try to make a difference in
> > someone's
> > life today? tomorrow? just "do it".
> >
> >
> >
> > Random acts of kindness, I think they call it!
> >
> > "Believe in Angels, then return the favor"

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Thats quiete a story. A little love and affection goes a long way.

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