The Brick

by Sherry Riter in Lessons of Life

brickThis is one of those things you read and you just don’t forget…

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.

The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting,’What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?’

The young boy was apologetic. ‘Please, mister…please, I’m sorry but I didn’t know what else to do,’ he pleaded. ‘I threw the brick because no one else would stop…’ With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. ‘It’s my brother,’ he said. ‘He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.’

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, ‘Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.’

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. ‘Thank you and may God bless you,’ the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.
Or does it take a cinderblock?
It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar.

The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message:

“Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!”

Because it really got my attention, this is for your chuckle today:


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Redhead Riter September 24, 2009 at 7:10 am

I hope you all have a wonderful day!


2 Alicia September 24, 2009 at 8:13 am

I loved that story. Thank you.


3 Scrappy Girl September 24, 2009 at 2:09 pm

That is a great story! You always inspire and teach me things.


4 S.E. Sward September 24, 2009 at 4:36 pm

It really is a shameful commentary on our society as a whole that our cars mean more to us than people do and that a child has to throw a brick at a car just to get someone to stop long enough to help him.

I'm all verklemmt now.


5 kyslp September 25, 2009 at 12:14 am

I enjoyed your story!


6 KK September 25, 2009 at 3:55 am

That is amazing!


7 Tammy Howard September 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm

An excellent reminder.


8 The Sideshow Scrapbook September 26, 2009 at 11:33 am

haha yeah that advert is somewhat disturbing but funny at the same time 🙂

Laura xxx


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