Friday, January 23, 2009

A Heart-Warming Story

I recently had this forwarded to me . . . .

"KURTIS THE STOCK BOY AND BRENDA THE CHECKOUT GIRL.

In a supermarket, Kurtis the stock boy, was busily working when a new voice came over the loud speaker asking for a carry out atregister 4. Kurtis was almost finished, and wanted to get some fresh air, and decided to answer the call. As he approached the check-out stand a distant smile caught his eye, the new check-out girl was very beautiful.

She was an older woman (maybe 26, and he was only 22) and he fell in love. Later that day, after his shift was over, he waited by the timeclock to find out her name. She came into the break room, smiled softly at him, took her card and punched out, then left. He looked at her card, BRENDA. He walked out only to see her start walking up the road.

Next day, he waited outside as she left the supermarket, and offered her a ride home. He looked harmless enough, and she accepted. When he dropped her off, he asked if maybe he could see her again, outside of work. She simply said it wasn't possible. He pressed and she explained she had two children and she couldn't afford a baby-sitter, so he offered to pay for the baby-sitter.

Reluctantly, she accepted his offer for a date for the following Saturday. That Saturday night he arrived at her door only to have her tell him that she was unable to go with him. The baby-sitter had called and canceled. To which Kurtis simply said, "Well, let's take the kids with us." She tried to explain that taking the children was not an option, but again not taking no for an answer, he pressed.

Finally, Brenda brought him inside to meet her children. She had an older daughter who was just as cute as a bug, Kurtis thought, then Brenda brought out her son, in a wheelchair. He was born a paraplegic with Down Syndrome. Kurtis asked Brenda, "I still don't understand why the kids can't come withus?" Brenda was amazed.

Most men would run away from a woman with two kids, especially if one had disabilities - just like her first husband and fatherof her children had done. Kurtis was not ordinary, he had a different mindset.

That evening Kurtis and Brenda loaded up the kids, went to dinner and the movies. When her son needed anything, Kurtis would take care of him. When he needed to use the restroom, he picked him up out of his wheel-chair, took him and brought him back. The 2 kids loved Kurtis.

At the end of the evening, Brenda knew this was the man she was going to marry and spend the rest of her life with. A year later, they were married and Kurtis adopted both of her children. Since then they have added two more kids.

So what happened to Kurtis the stock boy and Brenda the check-out girl?
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Well, Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Warner now live in Arizona, where he is quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals and has his Cardinals in the Super Bowl."

(I didn't want to ruin the story up front--but in addition to warming the heart, this gives one more reason for Bengals fans to root against the Steelers next Sunday!)

5 comments:

rachelstorch said...

That is a very sweet story.

Jen Lanser said...

What a great story! Very, very heart-warming!!

Anonymous said...

I had to show this story to my husband. He got big tears in his eyes,and said damn right - Go cardinals!

Anonymous said...

What a truly poignant story! Just when you thought all that was left was a bunch of lazy thugs & criminals on the street corner, a real man shows up with a hero's success!

Oh yeah, Go Cards! Rock on!

Anonymous said...

Love the story, but not the suggestion to root against the Steelers! Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is a good man, too. He generously provides grants for thousands of dollars to fund canine units that support police and fire departments. He has already awarded one grant for this cause in Oxford, Ohio. I believe the City of Cincinnati police department has requested funds for the same. Roethlisberger invites all cities in which he plays NFL games to apply for this type of grant. Check it out at www.bigben7.com . I challenge you to wear a Roethlisberger jersey if our community gets those funds. I'll lend you one, if it happens. Go Steelers!

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