Rosemead Kiwanis Club

   "Serving the Community Since 1945"






The Fax of Life

A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley

March 16, 1997                                                                  Vol. 2,   No. 19


Not a One!


Little Chad was a shy, quiet young man. One day he came home and told his

mother that he d like to make a valentine for everyone in his class. Her heart sank. she thought, "I wish he wouldn t do that!"


The reason was because she had watched the children when they walked home from school. Her Chad was always behind them. They laughed and hung on to each other and talked to each other. But Chad was never included. Nevertheless, she decided she would go along with her son. so she purchased the paper and clue and crayons. For three weeks, night after night, Chad painstakingly made 35 valentines.


Valentine's Day dawned, and Chad was beside himself with excitement. He carefully stacked them up, put them in a bag and bolted for the door. His mother decided to bake him his favorite cookies and serve them nice and warm with a cool glass of milk when he came home from school. she just knew he would be disappointed and maybe that would ease the pain a little. It hurt her to think that he wouldn't get many valentines - maybe none at all.


That afternoon she had the cookies and milk on the table. When she heard the children outside, she looked out the window. sure enough, there they came, laughing and having the best time. And, as always, there was Chad in the rear. He walked a little faster than usual. she fully expected him to burst into tears as soon as he got inside. His arms were empty, she noticed, and when the door opened she choked back the tears.


"Mommy has some cookies and milk for you," she said.


But he hardly heard her words. He just marched right on by, his face aglow,

and all he could say was: "Not a one. Not a one."


Her heart sank.


And then he added, "I didn't forget a one, not a single one!"


                     ----  From Dream a New Dream by Dale Galloway. founding pastor

                            of New Hope Community Church of Portland, OR  and past Dean

                            of Asbury Theological Seminary’s Beeson International Center

                            for Biblical Preaching and Church Leadership, He is most

                            recently Family Ministries Pastor for Scottsdale Bible Church in

                            Scottsdale, AZ.


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