Listener Kari's Story
Last night, my 10 year old son took off his tennis shoes from a long weekend's worth of running, jumping, climbing, and playing outside. I remember thinking of how horrible they looked and smelled! Part of me was angry that he had not taken better care of them. Now, I would soon have to buy a new pair of shoes...
I have been a loyal listener of your show since you first hit the Charlotte NC airwaves. Throughout the years, I have laughed till I cried and/or cried till I laughed while listening each morning. More than anything, I am always so moved by your many gracious acts of generosity and kindness. I have always listened with pride as part of your radio family. This morning, as in years past, I listened with anticipation as we were introduced to several of the Grin Kids from Disney World. As always, I was so touched by the inspirational stories of these courageous children and their families. I decided to go to the web site this afternoon to check out all of the pictures and videos from the trip so far. All of a sudden, while looking at a picture of Grin Kid, Jack Ward, I was struck by something so unexpectedly when I noticed his shoes. Clean and unmarked...how selfish and ashamed I felt. This precious little boy will never have the opportunity to wear shoes weathered by the forces of ordinary physical play. His parents would gladly purchase new shoes to replace those worn by active little feet, running and moving about. I will always remember Jack and the other Grin Kids as I watch my son run and play, and I will always and forever Thank God For Dirty Shoes!
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